Tenkan on a String

A nage extending ki and moving forward is the center of a circle. Uke rotates around the outside and is at a disadvantage. However, if nage moves backward, uke becomes the center of rotation. It is common for a beginning nage to back up rather than to move forward especially if uke pulls back, countering the tenkan. Experienced nages will switch to an entering technique (irimi) but beginners often can't believe they are backing up or pulling back unless the motion is made visible. To do so,

  1. Uke and nage hold opposite ends of a cloth, belt, or string.
  2. Uke notice how the tenkan feels when nage moves forward; when nage moves backward. Which is more compelling?

Aikido has been described as The Art of Leading.

It is also The Art of Following as one must follow and align before one can effectively lead.

Backing up looks like this.

Extending looks like this.

Backing up looks like this.

Extending looks like this.

  • Nage's hand is Inside. Uke's hand Is outside.)
  • Susan Chandler
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