Principles of Aikido | Aikido Lessons

Principles of Aikido | Aikido Lessons

There are three main principles in Aikido
that you’re going to come across a lot in the Dojo. That’s to blend, extend, and to lead your
partner. Aikido literally translates to the way of
harmonizing energy. That’s not just a pretty name. That really comes across in how we interact
with each other and how we practice the martial art in general. In order to think about blending, extending,
and leading let’s take a look here. We’re going to start with Gyaku Hanmi Katate
Dori, wrist grab. Again, the idea of blending is that I don’t
want to fight directly along my partner’s line of strength. If he’s grabbing here my first reaction is
generally to either push or to pull away from that. I don’t want to fight directly with his line. So, what I’m going to do is, as his energy
is coming in this direction, I’m going to blend and allow it to continue in that direction
so I don’t end up fighting with it. As he’s coming in this direction, Tenkan,
move out of the way of the line of his attack, and I should be able to put myself in a safer
position. Again, as his energy is coming down this direction,
step off the line of attack, and let the energy continue to move. I should be in a better position. Blending is also considered a way of leading
my partner. I don’t want to get in this position and pull. I don’t want to contract. If we get in this position, extend to lead
my partner around. Blend, lead. Another way we can see this is in Morote Dori,
a two handed grab. In order, again, to not fight directly with
his power I want to find a way to point my extension in the direction he’s going. I can use that same body movement to extend,
blend, and lead my partner around. I cannot do this if I collapse. So, blend in the direction of his power, extend
to keep that shape, and lead your partner. Blend, extend, and lead.


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