Tomiki Aikido is a form of modern Budo

Tomiki Aikido is a form of Modern Budo

What is Budo?
“Budo is a dynamic state of being and is based on the interrelationship of all things.“
Human beings are capable of sensing intentional actions. Intuitively human beings are able to detect easily a thinking movement. This means you are not supposed to move intentionally. The movement comes from a non-thinking state of mind (mushin).
Let's take throwing as an example.
It is necessary to have the strength and technique to throw but you cannot show a signal the action you are going to take. The skill is to be go under a person’s conscious reflex and not be noticed. In reality, it is not an easy thing to execute. We need to be able to be fully present and free of habitual thinking patterns or conditioned images that have been imprinted.
In Budo to practice these skills we do more than practicing patterns of movement.
Budo master Itō Ittōsai says. “ using our human intuition is the key to mastery of the sword.” which is the same thing we are saying when we say "to be moving not in habitual patterns.”
Itō Ittōsai Kagehisa (1560–1653) was a legendary yet mysterious Japanese swordsman never to have lost a duel. He is attributed as the founder of the Ittō-ryū ("one sword" or "one stroke") school of sword fighting.
In the old days there was no word such as “subconscious or neural pathways” but in modern time humanity has evolved to the point that we have identified them and understand to some degree how they work.
Master skills are capacities that we have within us as humans. It is however a process of learning and evolving one's spirit to be able to identify them and understand how they work within us.

What is Aikido?
Aikido is a generic term used to describe martial arts build around the concept of “aiki”. There are many definitions of the word “aiki”, but the central message is the idea to create a dynamic state of being where all things have an interrelationship.
Aikido consist of entering and/or turning movements. These movements need to be based on the freedom to move the spine. To create freedom we need to practise the movements of the spine.
Sometimes it is said, you have to use the hara or lower part of the central body.
The movements of the “hara” are in fact movements induced by the muscles attached to the spine by tendons. Using the word hara is a little misleading, it is better to use “koshi” or lower back.
It was written in a book on aikido by Tadashi Abe, there are only 3 methods to practise:

  • ashi sabaki (foot movements)
  • koshi sabaki (lower back movements)
  • te sabaki (hand movements)

Unfortunately in some aikido training systems, only ashi sabaki and te sabaki are taught. Using the koshi is a rather complex method to generate power and need special exercises to activate.
By using the spine, controlled by the “kyokotsu” or sternum we can generate power coming from the koshi.

To conclude, aikido is not about techniques but of body skills in a everchanging situation.
Acquiring skills is the objective of training.