How the body is used in Aiki-jutsu-do becomes clear in the application of the techniques. Some subjects such as hand usage, standing and walking deserve extra attention though. The basic knowledge explained here is applied in all exercises and techniques.
The open swordhand
The fingers are stretched and loose. The thumb is also loose. The wrist is slightly tensed (hand is rotated slightly) and the fingers are projected outwards. The open swordhand provides the necessary strength and projection of Ki, while ensuring optimal freedom.
The index finger projection
The index finger is stretched to allow free flow of Ki. The other fingers are bent to block the Ki flow. The thumb touches the other fingers to ensure stronger Ki flow to the index finger. This handshape makes it easier to guide a movement into the desired direction.
The Aiki-jutsu fist
The fist is like any other fist. The difference is how it is applied. As the picture shows, the fist is applied in a vertical position. In some cases, f.e. a strike to the solar plexis, the fist is aligned with the wrist upon impact. This creates a deeper penetration of the force of the strike.
These hand uses are an important part of every Aiki-jutsu-do movement. If the hands are not used correctly a considerable percentage of effectiveness is lost. These two handshapes are used consistently throughout the practice of Aiki-jutsu-do.