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An example of the movement is with Uke – in a mirror-image stance (gyaku-hanmi) – grabbing hold of Tori’s wrist (katate dori – see Page 275). Uke’s and Tori’s feet are all on a line with each other. , he acts neutrally and neither pulls nor pushes. Tori begins with a sliding shuffle step forwards just slightly past Uke. In the movement, he brings his arm onto his body without Uke pulling or pushing as he grips him. Tori bends his gripped hand away so that the fingers point away from Uke. Tori’s and Uke’s forces are now not opposing each other, but rather are flowing in the same direction.

His hand functions now as a “hand-off” prop against Tori, and Uke rolls over forwards. 2010 9:48 Uhr Seite 57 FOOT MOVEMENTS For clarity here are the foot movements once again – without Uke. 8 tsugi ashi Besides the basic foot movements described already, at the beginning of an Aikido technique you will often find gliding steps being taken (tsugi ashi). These have the purpose of changing/closing the gap between Tori and Uke or initiating the technique. A gliding (sliding shuffle) step is done by sliding the leading foot forwards while the rear foot presses forwards – vice versa if done in the other direction.

Alternatively – in other words – because Tori has the possibility of striking Uke at the initial moment, and thereby theoretically ending Uke’s attack, he refrains from doing this and turns himself round backwards. It will be plain to see, that Aikido means to act from a point of strength – this is not to be confused in any way with dodging and feinting movements, running away or passiveness! Now we turn to the ‘tai-sabaki’ executed on Uke’s forward side. Uke attacks with a gyaku-hanmi katate dori (see Page 275).

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