Nowadays pretty much understood by most that Aikido is an art based weapons. The techniques are developed based on Aikido Aikijujutsu, highly sophisticated art based on the movement of kenjutsu. Aikijujutsu includes practice, armed with a sword while the long and short, as if tanto. Defense including attacks by single and multiple attackers, armed or unarmed. How does this translate to practice Aikido current depends on the style of the instructor. Some teachers studying Koryu as Iaijutsu or Iaido, Kenjutsu or Kendo, Jodo or jojutsu, and so on. Since most Aikido bukiwaza not come from a strict syllabus spoken by Morihei Ueshiba (Saito bukiwaza that perhaps the most famous example), most aikidoka taken to outsourcing for a good treatment of the weapons used in Aikido weapons techniques to learn.
Bukiwaza or training in Aikido, a skilled practitioner to use a known (or goat) or jo is a matter of debate, especially since the general consensus is that in Aikido weapons training is intended to inform and improve the practice of armed elements. One of the things that has changed is the element of space, usually referred to as Cutting. Another factor that has changed is that, while the precision and time that is needed to perform the technique both armed and unarmed, you do not have the power to make weapons techniques. I mean honestly, there’s no such thing as “more powerful” than someone who is swinging a machete or a baseball bat at you. This feeling is using proper technique and not a muscle that should be transferred to your unarmed techniques as well. Now we have enough of an idea of ??what we learned from the Aikdo bukiwaza to get into the subject of this paper: what is it that we learn by studying tantodori in Aikido?
“We learned how to use the techniques of Aikido when uke dagger.” I used to think that too. Today I’m not so sure. In most dojos I have seen, tantodori form kotegaeshi tsuki, tsuki rokkyo, tsuki Gokyo, Gokyo and yokomenuchi Ushiro kotegaeshi. Of course you can see kansetsuwaza thrown in as well. It was fine for me at first. But I realize now that there are two fundamental flaws in the way tantodori usually taught: they do not take into account the way a person is committed to cut will attack you, and they do not take into account the people who committed to cut will not defend. In Aikido, most tantodori done doing Tsuki uke, shomengiri, yokomen or kesagiri temporary wooden tanto. Although often any attack vector comes from, they do not represent the original attack given the nature of the blade. A knife attack is all over the place. Cut and trapped in a sequence may be the most basic treatment of the knife. Training with someone fighting as armed with a knife is a very serious problem, more than not an all-or-, vector-based, or yokomen tsuki. People with knives know that if they attack failed, they might actually be killed.
A man armed with a gun also know that the goal of any good purpose. There is a high priority target for sure, but seeing someone cutting someone, hitting someone with a baseball bat hitting someone with a baseball bat. A knife fighter will not be obsessed with the perfect slashes to the neck or chest thrust to the bone, with a slash or stab the other available targets. This brings me to my second point. Usually in tantodori, Nage, perform the above techniques, revealing the most desirable destination for a knife fighter. My favorite example is yokomenuchi gokyu ura. In this example, imagine that uke attacks with a knife in his right hand (but significant clutching the knife). Here’s the usual case of strong nage enters oblique uke. Then Nage will attack left tegatana simultaneous use with uke’s knife arm at the elbow, while delivering atemi right hand to uke’s face it. From here nage apply Gokyo or whatever. There are some problems caused by knives and armed attacks are not gokyo, do not run as usual.
In theory nage will stop arm at the elbow to prevent uke from the cut face and neck. But that does not prevent uke from cutting the inside and outside of the forearm. Some people think that you have a stab or cut to the outside of the forearm to take and still, because of the large arteries will not cut it, and the muscles that are found there, if cut, would still allow you to make a fist or gun ownership. I do not really think. I’ve seen a couple of knives which most people every day (heck, I’ve seen a knife that I use every day!), Wearable and I have seen things that people take and use as improvised punches and cutting tools. These things will cut you to the bone.
You will bleed, as simple as that. If you do not first love. There will be no footwork, no time, and if you’re lucky, you have a second for something crafty to do before you go out of the sleeve slashes. Blocking knife in this way does not prevent uke bending his knees to cut or puncture level and drop into your body. You can try to block with your arms, happy to be uke slash and stab. Now I can accept that this item should kihonwaza, and not the end in itself, but a means to Gokyo learn the basic idea to consider, but I have to ask where the application actually makes me wonder if this method is taught as a basic framework, with applications then taught, or if my knife defense training is not only healthy because of what Aikido techniques should be?
“Aikido is a traditional art and tantodori traditional methods are preserved in our modern practice.” This is something I can buy, but it raises the obvious question: what is the tradition? First confession: when I decided that the knife is my favorite tool to always have on me in a serious emergency, I have my Aikido sensei not to consult – I started training with Filipino style knife artist. Every teacher of Aikido tantodori know I know, but no one I know of battle studies knife (another confession: I do not get too many I’m not someone put here due to lack of knowledge or resources.). I was never told of the ryu fighting knife, which affect the role of uke and nage in aikido. If anything, I wish to inform you. It was a surprise to me, because a lot of emphasis on learning proper handling of the sword and staff, but not as much, or nothing at all with the knife. No solo practice with a knife. There is no practice partners with each partner having a knife. I’m not sure if this is an expression of the philosophy and attitude towards the use of knives in Aikido, or if the subject of the technical content of the syllabus. If tantodori are from the traditional way of dealing with the knife, I just want to know what that tradition. Part of me would like to think that we learn the meaning of each sword carefully taken to implement, but at a short distance, but I could not get himself to buy into.