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Aïkido Knowledge base
Takemusu Aiki
3) Muna Dori
4) Tsuki
1) Katate Dori
2) Kata Dori
5) Shomen Uchi
6) Yokomen Uchi
7) Ushiro Dori
8) Kaeshi-Wasa 
Remarks on Takemusu Aiki 

According to Old Master Morihei Uyeshiba, "Aikido is a divine truth which spells out a sophisticated implementation of Takemusu Aiki". This means "Aikido is nothing without Takemusu Aiki". Consequently, "Takemusu Aiki" should be a matter of paramount concern to the AIkido trainees. 

The Aikido Founder defined Takemusu Aiki as follow: "Takemusu, as identified in Shinto literature, is the unsurpassed martial art of Japan. The art therefore proliferates a multitude of techniques freely as Divine will sees fit". Such being the case, only by focusing our attention on the root of the kaleidoscopic techniques will we be able to get a few glimpses of the unfathomable depth of Aikido. 

"The unlimited ramifications of the principle of swordsmanship", which received major attention in Applied technique, is explained in greater details in Vital techniques parts. The process of technical variations becomes evident as the numerous techniques (varied techniques) created by the Founder are reproduced. Main emphasis therefore is laid on varied techniques in discussing Taijutsu in this part. Care has also been taken in editorial layout to enable to readers to compare the varied techniques with their basic counterparts.
 
To sum up, varied techniques are born of a blend with your partner. The Founder, however, strictly warned that "a technique will lose its effectiveness unless it is delivered with perfect precision." Takemusu Aiki, in the real sense of the word, could only be mastered by observing the Founder's tenet in this regard, conforming to the ground rules and blending with your partner as a prerequisite to the execution of varied techniques. There is no room for half-hearted techniques. 

"Initiate your move first if you want to lead your partner,' a lesson which, in Aikido terms, means stepping to the side of your partner in the initial stage of executing a certain technique. There is a deeper meaning than that, however. The lesson point out the mental attitude which should be assumed in practicing Takemusu Aiki. Abiding by this lesson is the only to master perfect techniques in the realm of Takemusi Aiki. The principle of this lesson reflect itself progressively in a number of techniques in the form of a perfect Irimi or a perfect Shiho-nage. I myself make it a rule to adopt this lesson in my Aikido practice. This is because if the lesson slips my mind, my techniques will become imperfect. Then there will be no possibility of my performing kaleidoscopic Taijutsu. Nor will it be possible to effect the unlimited deployment of the principle of swordsmanship. 

Takemusu Aiki proliferates countless variations of techniques freely at 'Divine" command. Its key is found in leading out and blending with your partner. It must be clearly remembered that Takemusu Aiki is alien to disharmonious mind and haphazard techniques which know no harmony. 

What is most striking about Kaeshi-wasa is the subtle changes which could take place in Taijutsu. In studying the pertinent techniques shown in this web site, your close attention is invited to such areas as how the force of your partner functions and in which direction that force is counteracted. 

Theoretical classification has no relevance to the variations. If, for instance, your partner tries to hold you down, lead the holding action downward and start counteracting. If you are left upward, let the upward motion continue up to a point where you can start counteraction. If you are pushed from the right, divert the force leftward for counteraction. If pushed from the front, guide the momentum rearward. The push from the rear should be handled by giving it a forward momentum. In both cases, counteractions are indicated in the same direction as your partner's momentum. 

These simple movements, when combined in a complicated pattern, will plot out spiral curves, sometimes clockwise and at other times counter-clokwise. Depending on the circumstances, the spiral curves are either centripetal or centrifugal. In other words, the variations could continue infinitely through a combination of three dimensions - left and right, up and down and front and rear.  

You might bear in mind the triangle, circle and square which are symbolic signs of Aikido, when you read this information’s with particular reference to stabilized body movements based on the so-called triangular pattern and the case turning your body obliquely to pin down your partner in a circular movement. There are three traditional methods of Aikido training - SOLID, FLEXIBLE and FLOWING (KI). These methods, however, could not be included in this web site for space and editorial reason. They will be presented further.