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Aikido Terms and Glossary
Blending, harmony, unification, synchrony.
Thank you very much.
Striking techniques; designed to control or cause Uke to react.
Wooden training sword, shaped like a Japanese katana.
The Way, or Path.
The place where the way is revealed. A place for the strengthening and refinement of spirit, mind and body.
‘Fifth Technqiue’ – a wrist and elbow control, usually against a knife.
Formal, wide pleated pants worn over the dogi (uniform).
The relaxed triangular stance of Aikido, with one foot forward.
Techniques practiced with nage sitting and uke standing.
‘First Technique’, an arm control.
Entering, moving into and through the line of attack
Freestyle technique. In testing usually against one opponent.
Techniques of staff taking.
‘Wheel throw’ – pressing uke’s arm behind and over their back.
Natural ‘readiness’ stance. With a weapon: Jodan kamae – high position; Chudan kamae- middle position; Gedan kamae – lower position.
Katate dori ryote mochi:
Grabbing your partner’s wrist with both hands.
Study or practice, to refine our spirit.
Junior student. Those who begin their study of Aikido after you.
The power of breath, renewal of life force. Also, timing or rhythm.
Kokyu Tanden Ho:
Paired, two-hand grab sitting exercise.
Cross hand grab.
‘Returning Wrist’ – a wrist-turning throw to the rear.
A choke hold.
Paired jo practice.
Paired sword practice.
White belt grade.
A straight punch to the chest or solar plexus.
A throw. One who throws.
‘Second Techqnique’ – a wrist joint-lock control.
To the front.
Great teacher – the title used for the Founder of Aikido.
Free technique against multiple attack.
Grabbing both wrists.
Grabbing both shoulders.
‘Third Technique’, a wrist-joint twisting technique.
Senior student: Those who began their study of Aikido before you.
Formal sitting position.
Teacher, one who gives guidance along the way.
A purified heart and spirit; enlightened attitude
‘Four corner throw’ – a wrist / elbow lock, throw, and pin.
Knee walking exercise; trains student to move from the tanden.
The place housing the picture of O Sensei and the spirit of Aikido.
Downward strike or cut to the top of the head.
Thrust / punch between the eyes.
Split bamboo practice sword.
The daily work to refine and purify the quality of life.
‘Corner Throw’, sometimes a locked-elbow throw.
Techniques of sword taking.
Empty handed techniques.
The hara, the center of mass, located about where the belt is tied.
Knife. In Aikido, we use a wooden tanto for training.
Techniques of knife taking.
Pivoting, turning to dissipate force.
‘Heaven and Earth throw’
One who receives. The person being thrown.
Techniques of falling, rolling, and protecting yourself.
Attacking from the rear
To the rear.
A diagonal cut or strike.
‘Fourth Technique’ – a wrist pressure point technique.
Awareness of surroundings at all times (subconsciously).