Aikido principles, techniques, techniques, weapons in aikido

Mitsugi Saotome, one of the best students Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido, explains the philosophical and practical aspect of this popular martial art, which attaches primary importance to harmony and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Five principles of aikido formulated by the Founder:
1. Aikido is the path that forever unites all the paths of the Universe; it is the Universal Mind that contains everything and everything unites.
2. Aikido is the truth that the Universe teaches and that should apply to our lives on Earth.
3. Aikido is a principle and a path that unites humanity with Universal Consciousness.
4. Aikido will come to an end when everyone who has followed his true path becomes one with the Universe.
5. Aikido is a path of strength and compassion that leads to infinite perfection and the ever-growing glory of God.

The development of basic technology development of mental attitude and perception
The sword and the spiritual essence of Ikkyo
Shomenuchi Technique
Technique from Yokomenuchi
Technique by Katadori
Technique by Munetsuki
Technique by Katatedori
Technique by Ryotemochi
Technique from Kosadori and Ushirowaza
High Level Technique
Budo is the original principle of Aikido.
Learning value
On clarifying the essence of Aikido Founder and Doshu
Reflection of the spirit of dojo in aikido
Lectures About Sensei
Hakama and its meaning
The beginning of the path to the awakening of consciousness
Aikido searches for his future in his past

Principles of Aikido


I am concerned about the conflicts that, as I see it, arise between different styles and Aikido schools. People argue about whose school is more correct, whose is the true teaching of O-Sensei. Some of these schools try to justify the name of AIKIDO, as if this is the case. It seems to me completely irrelevant. No one can be an exact copy of O-Sensei. Similarly, the next generation of Aikido practitioners cannot be exact copies of their teachers. What happens if everyone, as an Aikido Master, tries to establish his own direction with only superficial differences in style? Thousands of rival schools, each of which claims that only it represents true Aikido? Where is the system or harmony?

In Aikido, only one principle is the universal reality of life. All people, as living beings, by their nature, possess the main secret of Aikido. The goal of Aikido is to help improve human life, flourish and strengthen the spirit and improve the world by improving people. Aikido exists in accordance with this principle and for this purpose, regardless of the style of movement and the details of the technique included in the training system. If the principle and purpose exist, any technique can be attributed to Aikido. If they are absent, Aikido is absent too.

Many different Aikido instructors have written numerous Aikido manuals. Some of them provide examples of kata that use ken (sword) or jo (150-cm stick), some consider kata without weapons in detail. Pupils can discover completely different series of movements, presented under the same names; Especially this concerns kata with weapons. This can confuse the students. Which of the teachers is right? What is the correct way to perform kata? What is the exact way to perform kata? It seems to me that all the different ways are correct, and at the same time none can be called the only correct one.
I will consider here many specific forms of technology to work with both weapons and without weapons. But I will not present them here for the purpose of providing accurate descriptions of the kata; There are many recognized ways to perform kata. I chose those forms of technology that, I think, reveal the important points of Aikido. After all, we are not learning in order to achieve complete perfection in hand-to-hand combat or in work with a stick. We are not learning to become masters of the sword. We study Aikido.

When I was Ochi Sensei's uchi deshi, I went with him to many seminars and lectures. In these cases, as well as during the entire time I was a student, I worked a lot with him, performing ukemi. At a time when I had the opportunity to observe his system of education, he almost never taught specific forms. He considered it his task to study the budo and the spiritual aspect of Aikido, and not the particular features of the form. He did not distinguish between the techniques of working with and without a weapon, and freely switched from one to another. He wanted to show the basis of building technology and the main ways of communication of its various forms. Form was simply a means of representing the high truth that occupied it. I tried to keep this approach. The reader will notice that many forms of technology without weapons are given in a pair with forms with weapons, that they are similar and based on the same movements. I do not want to describe the technique. I want to share with readers my understanding of the essence of Aikido.

O Sensei had many close students (uchi deshi) who studied with him at different periods of his life, in different places and at different times. Each uchi deshi O Sensei contributed his own views from his teaching and reflected him through his personality; Memories of the learning system About Sensei are different and unique to each student. Having become, in turn, Masters, these uchi deshi began to transmit further, first of all, those elements of the teachings of O Sensei that were best preserved in their memory. Many students of O-Sensei were engaged not only in Aikido, but also in other arts and disciplines, and later they used their additional knowledge to increase their abilities in Aikido. Features of personality, interpretation and perception, different memories of the teachings of O Sensei together gave each individual aikido style of learning and their own teaching methods.

But in itself no style — no set of forms — is Aikido. Aikido can be thought of as a language. He has his own grammar and rules, but the grammar is very broad and free. Like language, it manifests endless possibilities for the creative use of its elements and the very high plasticity of its structure. In my understanding, O Sensei’s dream of creating Aikido was a dream of peace on Earth, of stopping aggression in human society, of making people learn to be better. I do not see anything in it that would prevent the different styles of Aikido from coexisting and truly mutually improving in the process of making O Sensei’s dream come true. I would very much like this book to help people better understand O Sensei’s role in creating Aikido to promote unity, and not the division of aikido society. I would like to hope that everyone who studies Aikido will understand that we all follow the same Path and strive towards a common goal.

There is a feeling in my heart that O Sensei is not dead. Memories of him manifest in all my feelings. His voice and the words he uttered constantly resound in my ears. His love for all of humanity and the dream of universal peace are rooted in my soul. In the name of this love, I offer this book to the members of the worldwide Aikido family in the hope that O Sensei’s dream of peace will live and develop.

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