Using The Body : Aiki Movements

AIKI MOVEMENTS - TAI-DOSA

Aiki-jutsu-do uses several movements that all begin from a kamae position and should ideally end in a kamae position. All movements are intended to use the least amount of energy and together with the stepping in they provide the necessary speed, stability, protection and balance.


The basic Aiki movements are:

  1. okuri ashi - forward sliding step
  2. hiki ashi - backward sliding step
  3. utsuri ashi - sideway step (left or right)
  4. tsume ashi - forward/backward connect step
  5. ayumi ashi - forward/backward alternating step
  6. neko ashi - cat movement
  7. chidori ashi - front/back crossing step

Okuri ashi

This is a forward sliding step whereby the front leg moves forward and the back leg follows. The kamae position remains the same.


Hiki ashi

This is a backward sliding step whereby the front leg moves forward and the back leg follows. The kamae position remains the same.


Utsuri ashi

This is a sideway step whereby with migi-utsuri-ashi (moving right) you first move the front leg to the right (1b), then the back leg follows (2b). With hidari-utsuri-ashi (moving left) you first move the back leg to the left (1a), and the front leg follows (2a). The migi-kamae position (right leg front) always remains.

When you do this from hidari-kamae everything is of course mirrored.

Utsuri ashi

Tsume ashi

This is a forward/backward connect step.


Ayumi ashi

This is a forward/backward alternating step.


Neko ashi

This is the cat movement.


Chidori ashi

This is a front/back crossing step.

 

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