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Ikkyo and Aikiken - the Aikido Technique Compared to Sword Moves
Ikkyo and AikikenAikiken is the word used for sword art practice in aikido. The aikido techniques have many similarities to sword art moves, which is quite evident in ikkyo. In this video clip a bokken, the wooden sword, is used for obvious safety reasons. Explanations are below. For sword art basics, see here: aikibatto
The sword technique uke nagashi is a parry, which is quite similar to the initial step of the ikkyo aikido technique – an irimi entrance right beside the line of attack, together with a warding off of the strike. In aikiken, it is followed by a counter strike such as kesagiri, the diagonal cut. In ikkyo a similar move brings the attacker down.
The above applies to ikkyo omote. For ikkyo ura, there are a few more steps, as can be seen in the video. But the sword techniques are the same.
Sword AttacksThe similarities between aikido and aikiken are evident in attacks like shomen uchi and tsuki. Of course, both these attacks exist in the sword arts. So, the similarities can come as no surprise.
As for yokomen uchi, the strike to the side of the head, the same defense moves can be used. But even more suitable is a hasso parry, where the sword is raised towards the shoulder, followed by a do (yokogiri) cut under the arms of the attacker – if done like ikkyo omote. In ura, kesagiri is the natural choice.
Grab AttacksThe video also contains the sword equivalent to katatedori, when the attacker grabs your wrist. This is done to prevent tori from drawing the sword. The aikido technique ikkyo is used to draw the sword in spite of the grip, and follow up with a cutting move.
Drawing and cutting is called nukiuchi in the sword arts (not to be confused with nukitsuke, which is a draw before the attacker has reached you).
Many BenefitsThere are many benefits with practicing the similarities between aikido and the sword arts. Mainly, the aikiken applications explain details in the aikido techniques and their necessity. Also, sword practice increases your precision, your sense of proper distance and timing. Furthermore, sword practice develops your center and brings this ability to your aikido.
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