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This means that correct and sure foot movements in Aikido are particularly important in order to be able to execute the techniques. Invariably, therefore, the foot movements take priority over hand movements. When the Aikido-ka has managed to master the foot movements, then he can equally easily learn the hand and arm movements – in short – the hand movements always follow the foot movements and not vice versa. We will, therefore, introduce all the basic foot movements used in Aikido in this chapter.
Both have the same foot forward. 9). 5}, he grabs hold of both of Uke’s hands. Tori and Uke are now standing diagonally opposed to each other. Tori now takes a step forwards (irimi). Then Tori changes the direction of his movement by turning his hips through 180° (tai no henka). So that Tori can do this he brings his arm up slightly. It is important in this action not to pull the arms outwards. Tori’s arms remain permanently on his longitudinal axis and his elbows remain pointing downwards and not rotated outwards.
Rather it is also about finding a joint point of contact. By using a grip this is relatively simple, because, first of all Uke and Tori are not moving. Later on, Uke can attack with a step and Tori tries to find the same contact point with more dynamic aim. This is the basic premise for executing rapid and effective movements. Here, the first moment of contact is of particular importance – the Japanese word for this is ‘de-ai’. 5 tai-sabaki Irimi and tenkan constitute the main elements of a basic foot movement in Aikido called ‘tai-sabaki’ meaning literally “moving the body (‘tai’)”.