You can also find the training schedule of Finger Lakes Aikido. There are three types of footwork: IRIMI (Enter), TENKAN (Turn), and TENTAI (Pivot). 1. Tenkan is the Japanese name of a movement practiced in several martial arts. It is a degree pivot to one’s rear, on the lead foot. That is, if the left foot is forward, the pivot is clockwise, and if the right foot is forward, the pivot is counter- clockwise. Contents. 1 Judo; 2 Aikido; 3 References; 4 See also Some styles of aikido practice six basic ashi sabaki (stepping/.

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Frontal area is reduced and vital spots are turned away from the fooywork. Knees are slightly flexed, especially the front knee. Balance is maintained and centered on the lower abdomen the tanden, or “one point”.

Mobility is maintained in all directions, ready to perform any of the basic footwork patterns. Ideally Aikido has no stance: For training purposes, however, we usually employ a stance based on that use in Japanese swordsmanship. There are both right and left basic stances in a few variations. There are also two possible relationships between your stance and that of your partner.


Tenkan – Wikipedia

There are three types of footwork: Each type is performed as one step. Enter to the “Blind Spot”, shikaku. Both feet must move during each step! Get off the Line of Attack. The principle of Irimi-Isshoku implies that you must reach the blind spot behind your partner in a single motion.

In these diagrams, foot movements are numbered; 1, 2, However, each type of stepping illustrated is nonetheless a single step.

For example, ayumi-ashi is considered one step wherein both feet move. This principle is important for getting off the line of attack.

This long, straight arrows in the following diagrams represents this attacking movement of your aite. Head erect over relaxed neck and shoulders.

Basic Aikido Footwork

Open the hands and extend fingers as if lightly holding a large ball with both hands. The natural curve of arms is maintained during movement.

Move up from the thumb and down from the little finger. In Aikido, the hand is often referred to as the “te-gatana” literally the “hand sword”. We form this “hand-blade” by holding our fingers open and extended so that the heel of the palm and bottom of the arm are elongated while the top of the arm remains relatively relaxed. In this manner the natural curve of the arm resembles the shape of a Japanese sword, the katana. Sometimes the basicte-sabaki are referred to as the te-gatana no sosa, or “the use of the hand-blade”.


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