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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While moving forward avoid stopping on each knee, but rather keep your movements fluid, much like walking on two legs. Ushiro tori waza Ushiro means behind or back. All should be performed with Ki extension.

The vibration should start from your one point and reach every part of your body so that all tension in the body is released. At the end of each movement while the hands are raised in front of you ensure your hands do not drop slightly, but rather keep ki extending, the hands should appear as if they are still moving, or are intending to move.

Do not dwell on what has just passed or be concerned about what about to happen but rather you put your mind and energy in to what is happening right now – the movement. When finished make sure your keep your eyes and head straight and takso in front of you.

Your mind should be focused on every aspect of your exercises. As you move back maintain a posture where you are always forward on the balls of your feet.

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If speed is taisso or there is tension in your arms your will notice that your hands will move when finished. Koto oroshi waza Apply the same principles as in nikyo waza. Hello you Aiki Ju Twiso At this distance your partner cannot touch you without first entering. As a new student you will see others performing their stretch better than you, do not try to keep up with them, as you are more likely to injure yourself.

That with each new direction we should apply a new mind, attitude, energy and focus. Think of it as throwing a ball.


Avoid allowing your body weight to collapse onto your heels Ma-ai Ma-ai is the safe distance to keep your partner at all times. No 17 is with both arms and in both directions.


Know that your partner will be thrown by staying relaxed and unified. Do not put your mind on the test but rather on extending, finish relaxed and calm. Learn to settle yourself as you are moving so that when you have completed the movement, stand upright, still and calm zanshin 6a – The count for this is,Toitsu taiso coordination exercises The toitsu taiso are exercises to coordinate mind and body, also known as the three minute exercises.

This aspect allows the mind to catch up with the body, so at the end of the second count, mind and body should be unified. During class, and over time, your sensei will explain in much more detail all the finer points associated with each of these movements.

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Ensure that your hands finish calm without any movement or shaking. Ensure your weight is kept forward to your toes the whole time. These exercises are part of the ki examination for shokyu, chukyu and shokyu gradings.

Funakogi waza During this exercise the hands are naturally cupped resting on the hips. Slightly different to the illustration, this exercise is now done keeping the body relaxed and unified facing the front.

The completed movement should finish relaxed and steady in front of your face without any movement. As you raise your arms up along the centre line of your body, your hands should be moving slightly in front of you and not moving up and behind your head. Nikkyo waza With one hand haiso the other, aiji you are using one hand to bend the other.

If you learn this approach you will develop more quickly and remember to practice this approach in your daily life too. Sayu Choyaku Waza Performed in a similar manner to the previous waza – this time with a skip included from side to side. 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.

Repeat on the other side. If you maintain correct posture and relax into the movement you will get it much quicker. The attitude should be the same with all these exercises. Allow the head to naturally fall to the side, do not try to keep the head straight. 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. Ude furi waza Ude furi waza is an exercise where you swing your arms from side to side, which sounds easy, but while performing this movement your shoulders must remain straight.


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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.

Do not look down and allow the hand on the leg to simply slide up and down. Joho tekubi siki waza With your arms starting at your side raise your hands so that you finish looking at the palms of taiiso hands. Please visit our sponsor: As pictured below, when moving forward in shikko your hands should remain on your thighs, head should remain up and your eyes forward.

If you find this position difficult to do, move back to the hands or elbows first, slowly building your levels up. The hands are held lightly together left thumb and index finger holds the right hand thumb bringing the elbows down and to the side of the body to the count.

Where your mind should be and how to improve your ki extension. For questions and comments about this website: Keeping you weight forward, place your left foot behind your right foot, lower yourself down to the floor, keeping your chin tucked in.

Practicing this method enables you to become more aware of your centre as well and learning to understand about how to move and control your weight under movement.