Aikibatto 2 Details
DetailsAspects and considerations already treated in a previous exercise of Aikibatto, are omitted here.
Shiho, four directions, is commented in the text on MAE.
Starting position. Tori at left, uke at right.
At the start of the exercise, when uke stands behind tori, there should be enough of a distance between them for tori to stand a chance of finding the best timing for the steps of movement three. In basic training of this exercise, tori should make sure to have uke in view at the start, although only in the corner of the eye. An advanced form of training this, would be for tori to look straight ahead, not seeing uke at all, and still try to move away at the right moment. It takes some awareness to accomplish, no doubt. Probably also a thick skull.
When stepping out of range, in movement three, it is important to let the left foot follow a bit, so that none of that leg is in the way of uke's sword. Of course, the same goes for movement six.
Immediately after missing with the cut in movement four, uke takes about half a step back and lifts the sword to jodan kamae, for a new cut. This should be done as if almost automatic.
Uke's second cut, in movement seven, should be directed at the place where tori was at movement five - neither at the spot which was tori's original position nor the position tori heads for in movement six. The former of these two mistaken directions is very common, and not only among beginners.
Uke's movements in this exercise are not very meaningful to practice in a iai solo style.
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