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Basic Movements

Exercises - Aikido - Beginner - White Belt

Basic Movements


There are six Basic Movements in Yoshinkan Aikido (along with several more supplementary ones) that are designed to build a foundation in Aikido body movement. Constant repetition of these movements allows for the development of a strong basic kamae form, and an ability to smoothly move around kamae's focal points while blending with an attacker. Initial study should focus on strongly unifying the body into a single object which moves and deforms smoothly and in limited ways (ways which preserve kamae's ability to channel energy into the ground).

In the Japanese names, one can see that they are paired very carefully, with each of the #1's & #2's consistent with the division of Aikido techniques into #1 (pulling energy) and #2 (pushing energy) versions.

Each one has a form that is performed alone, a form that is performed with partner and a form that is performed alone with bokken sword.

There is also a combined sequence called Kihon Dosa Renzoku (United Basic Movements) which can be performed as both an empty-handed and with-sword variation. Both are shown side-by-side in this video.


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