Since it’s the 1st of June, I thought I would go over the “Ichi’s” of Aiki Ken, as an introduction to my notes on Aiki Ken.  If you’ve been following my blog at all, you should have seen this coming.

Ichi no Suburi

In Aiki Ken, since there are only seven forms in the suburi, they are simply numbered and not given a descriptive name.  The first suburi is done standing in place in Migi Hanmi.  Raise the ken straight up over the head and slide back a bit, rotating your hips.  Slide forward as you cut back down and be sure to settle your hips as you twist them forward to cut.  This arm, hip, and foot movement is the most basic practice in Aikido, armed or unarmed.

There is a Suburi Awase practice also.  Both partners face each other and practice the suburi together at the same time.  This will develop a very basic skill of moving as your partner moves.

Ichi no Awase

In Aiki Ken, the first awase is a counter to the firsts suburi.

  • Uchitachi: From Migi Hanmi, slide forward and strike with Ichi no Suburi, Migi Uchikomi
  • Uketachi:  Slide forward in migi hanmi and cut at uchitachi’s left wrist, OR slide to your left while moving to hidari hanmi and cut uchitachi’s right wrist

Moving like this with a partner is the most basic practice in Aiki Ken, and also forms the basis for the Tachidori techniques.

Coming up next: Ichi no Tachi, Henka no tachi, Ninin Awase, and Tachidori.

Take THAT 😉


3 Responses to AIKI KEN: HERE WE GO.

  1. Rob Watson says:

    In the ichi no awase it is particularly interesting to keep well focussed and catch how often you or your partner ‘forgets’ who is leading. Take turns with 3 reps and switch roles. Be very certain that one leads and the other responds. Very interesting to go exceptionally slow (I don’t mean slow movements but long pauses between movements-fast movements are preferred as long as form is held correct) and attempt to project intent as the lead role while the ‘following’ role attempts to read intent. This is exhausing work because it requires continuous mental alertness to every nuance.

    To me the purpose of awase practice is not about learning the physical movements (that is suburi) but a platform to work on the subtleties of intent, projection, timing, etc. Certainly the 13 and 31 as well as the kumitachi are fine for this too but many get tangled up in the movements because we jump ahead before we are ready. The awase serves as a platform ‘to bridge the gap’ so we can still do the rough work but also get ample opportunity to hone the fine points as well as the the ‘esoterics’.

  2. autrelle says:

    Very nice commentary, Mr. Watson. I look forward to hearing more from you!!!

  3. johnstevens says:

    Very useful information for me. Thanks for sahring.

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