Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Uki Waza of Tomiki Ryu

My mother art is Tomiki Ryu Aikido. It provides the structure of my learning, exploration and teaching of Aiki.

Kenji Tomiki studied deeply the principles of Aiki and eventually decided upon 17 main techniques to be employed in the Randori no Kata, also known as the Junana hon kata, or the 17. Similar to Kano's Judo, Tomiki tried establishing safe techniques that could be used in Randori style training.

He broke the 17 into 4 main divisions

1-5 Are the Atemi Waza, striking techniques - mostly entering techniques concentrating on a connection to the core of the body and head.

6-10 Hiji Waza, or elbow techniques.

11-14 Tekubi waza, or wrist techniques

Then finally, and most mysteriously we arrive to the final 3...

15-17 The Uki Waza The floating techniques.

Floating techniques...what the hell does that mean? Surprising little has been written about them that I can get my grubby little fingers on - so using my own patented KyuRyu AikiBudo method we will unravel this mystery of the Floating techniques.

I suggest we first look at a few ideas of them

First pictures of Kenji Tomiki Sensei's

Mae Otoshi - forward drop

Sumi Otoshi - corner drop

Hiki Otoshi - pulling drop

Japan Aikido Association
Nariyama Sensei 8th dan

JAA uki Waza HERE!

British Aikido Association
BAA uki Waza HERE!

A few films from the Aikibudokan in Houston - now part of The Alliance, once Fugakukai members

Sumi Otoshi

Hiki otoshi

So now that we have a cross organization view of the technique, now we can explore the key concepts and ideas to figure out...what does it mean to have a floating technique???

-to be continued-

1 comment:

  1. I too have never been satisfied with explanitions I recieved of uki waza --this topic interscects with some of my recent research-- (drawing largely from Allbright's "Aikido and Randori" Crowood Press , 2002. and a few other Tomiki books from the British JAA folks.) It seems that Mr. Tomiki's original 15 kata had no uki waza-- As the 15 evolved to the 17, uki waza came into existance as specialized forms of the tekubi waza-- maeotoshi springs from shihonage, sumiotoshi from kotehineri, and hikiotoshi from kotegaeshi-- (quite a contrast here to the "they are all specialized forms from shihonage" paradigm) "uki" or floating refers to uke's rising center of gravity that creates the opening for each throw all of which exploit what Allbright calls "i do ryoku"-- whole body movement (what i would refer to as hazumi) -- uki is the infinitive of the verb uku, which means to float or feel bouyant-- uke rising on the toes is the characteristic idea--