Sunday, February 22, 2009

A look at Gedan Ate

From the Tomiki Ryu Aikido system: Gedan Ate - the low attack. It is the 4th technique of the Atemi waza, and the 4th technique in the randori no kata or 17. Now really the technique itself is not important to my discussion. Let's look at examples to see principle.

A karate guy doing a kuzushi waza, known to us Tomiki guys as gedan ate. From what I have seen, this is very similar to how many competitive players throw this technique. He does it from a lunge. While this seems effective for the fellow, I believe this is not the most efficient way to execute this concept.

Now here is a version from Aiki guys. You will see the difference. They do their entering motion while the opponent is in motion towards them. This means it requires less motion on the aiki guys part to get in position to execute the technique. This is critical!!!

I truly believe this is one of the secrets to many of the techniques in the Tomiki system. If your opponent is in motion, a throw is easy. I think moving large distances to overcome an opponent is not consistent with "maximum efficiency with minimum effort" ideal of our style.

Seiryoku Zenyo

"maximum efficiency with minimum effort"

1 comment:

  1. nice contrasting examples of gedanate-- i like how close the karate man's version is to how most in the shodokan world likes to do it -- the fluidity of the sencond example is sweet-- to follow up on our email disussion re. the lift in the walk -- the funtion of the lift from the calf muscles can be useful when momentum has died on your rise (in the second example at the point where we see tori raise ukes arm out of the way)--lift starts with the center rising (calves) then is picked up and accentuated with the brushing up of the arm followed immeadiaty by the gedan entry (though sometimes the lift action has already thrown them) -- a wicked different version of gedanate for sure