Aiki-Taiso (Aiki Exercises). Nikyo undo – wrist stretch with thumb down; Kotegaeshi undo – wrist stretch with fingers up; Sankyo undo – wrist stretch with fingers. Falling exercise: Koho tendo undo (backward rocking exercise). Wrist stretching:: Nikyo (second control); Kotegaeshi (reverse wrist control); Sankyo (third control) . AIKI TAISO. Fall Newsletter. If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completely fluid and free-flowing. Water, by its nature, never.

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Seidokan Aikido Aiki-taiso

Ude furi choyaku waza Starting with you left foot forwards and left hand across the front of your waist and your right hand resting behind you. Ki should be extended forwards fully at all times. Slough, UK Join Date: Find More Posts by tedehara.

Start in the looking down position, bending deep in the knees dropping from your one point – do not ‘bend’ or lean forwards in one movement and while keeping the body still allow the hands to move back between your legs for a second time.

Keeping you weight forward, place your left foot behind taixo right foot, lower yourself down to the floor, keeping your chin tucked in. The idea behind doing the ki tests during the exercises is to keep you aware of posture no matter what movement you are performing and that your mind is focused on creating the correct movement.

As you begin to move go up on your toes from that point on.

Rather finish the move completely, turn and then start the next movement. Initially many may have difficulty getting this movement smooth. As you begin the movement the body should remain in a vertical posture. Now the opposite foot is forward and repeat the movement.

If you find this position difficult to do, move back to the hands or elbows first, slowly building your levels up. Allow the head to naturally aioi to the side, do not try to keep the head straight.

Aiki Taiso 合気体操

For a brief moment after the ball has left your hands, your hands are still moving slowly in the direction of the throw and the movement is clam and relaxed.


As your body moves forward and backward during the stretches, do not allow the mind to follow the movements of the body, but rather allow your mind to keep moving in a forward direction at all times as you do your movements. In this manner when they move you also move. Think about keeping the principles of No 32 Zenshin koshin waza in mind as performing this move.

Koto oroshi waza Apply the same principles as in nikyo waza. If you learn to put energy into your counting you will naturally be putting energy into your movements. It is not practice that makes perfect, it is correct practice that makes perfect. This does not help, so feel like your wrist has a spring in it, and you must bend this spring, like all of the movements do not bring pain into your wrists, but rather achieve a soft strong movement.

Pete “Pete” IP Hash: Funakogi waza During this exercise the hands are naturally cupped resting on the hips. Starting position is feet together natural position. Allow the arm to fall from the elbow weight underside and keep the hand on the one plane or line as it drops down.

Ensure your elbows are relaxed weight underside as you turn form side to side Your head and eyes must be level, avoid looking down or looking around the dojo as you turn. Joho tekubi kosa waza With your arms starting at your side raise your hands so that you finish looking at the palms of your hands.


Due to the extra movement and speed avoid over stepping and losing your balance. Allow the hands to slide on your legs; do not use your hands for support.

Do not put your mind on the test taios rather on extending, finish relaxed and calm. Do not use this hand to support your upper body weight. Learning these movements will greatly assist you not only in aikido but also in daily life. While moving forward avoid stopping on each knee, but rather keep your movements fluid, much like walking on two legs.

Shizentai Shizentai – is the distance the feet should be kept apart, usually shoulder width. After you taisso off with your left foot, simply move right, left, right, left etc… Move from your one point keeping your body vertical and create a twiso to your movement much like an ice skater would move themselves along the ice. I was curious if all styles of aikido use the aiki taiso, or if it is just the styles that were under Koichi Tohei?


When being shown a technique it helps a lot when Sensei, or my Sempai say this is like XXX we do in the kihon dhosa!! When applying this level of thinking to the exercises, it is easy to see how these principles can be applied into our daily life.

The aiki taiso is an opportunity to constantly check and test ourselves. Zenpo kaiten waza Doing three forward rolls, this time with left leg forward and right arm forward cross rolls continuously without standing in between, and on the last roll finishing cross-legged with hands extended forward as if presenting a tray then a ki test is performed.

Know that your partner will be thrown by staying relaxed and unified.

Where your mind should be and how to improve your ki extension. Evanston IL Join Date: While rocking backwards, ensure the chin is tucked in and your head does not hit the ground. Find More Posts by Kevin Find Aiku Posts by Pete. The exercises are divided into three sections. With sankyo waza you should feel the slack being taken up in your wrist.

All these movements must be performed as if you are actually performing the technique. Practicing the junan kenko taiso allows us to practice stretching our mind by focusing and putting it in to what we are doing at the time.

It gels the basics to the techniques very well, and at my low level of achievment that is worth its weight in gold in helping me to improve!! Keep your weight underside otherwise when you come up you can easily loose your balance and weight will move to your heels 9 Bending forward down and backwards up Down: Move only from the elbows and avoid raising the shoulders.