Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: “The Devil is in the Details!”
“Kuzushi in Daito-ryu includes the idea of ‘aiki.’ That is, how
to emit ‘aiki’ energy and break the opponent’s balance.”
This is an excellent photo of Katsuyuki Kondo, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Menkyo Kaiden, executing a technique in which atemi plays an essential part. Atemi, or “combative strikes,” serve the purpose of disturbing an opponent’s attack and balance paving the way for the execution of a technique. The use of atemi fell out of favor in the aikido that was spread in the postwar era due to a variety of factors.
Morihei Ueshiba, for his part, regularly used atemi when demonstrating techniques. To a certain extent, Morihei’s study of the ken and jo went hand in hand with his use of atemi in empty-handed techniques. Atemi consist of strikes and jabs and such movements have analogs in weapons use.
Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu was the jujutsu art learned by Morihei Ueshiba as a young man from Sokaku Takeda. Most of aikido techniques derive from this sophisticated jujutsu system. The extent of the historical connection between Daito-ryu and aikido has been minimized due to historical factors such as the dispute leading to a parting of the ways between these two martial arts masters.
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