“The Triangle – The Human Body,” by Marc Abrams

“One of the salient points that I emphasise is that our bodies (spine) should ideally be centered between our two feet. This creates an equilateral triangle. This in an ideal position in which our bodies can receive and channel forces without having to compensate by moving our bodies. However, we sometimes look to create other types of triangles for specific purposes. The basic body movement in funakogi undo and ikkyo undo teaches us to shift our bodies forwards and backwards while learning how to equalize force as though our bodies are in an equilateral triangle position.”

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  1. I would suggest to Abrams Sensei to use the expression: “Piramid-like” structure instead of “Triangle”. I believe in this way things could be better explained to those that have not yet felt how the forces are transmited from action to reaction between nague and uke, or between the earth, or the “heaven”. It is a volumetric efect in fact and not just a plane.
    This is the essencial to the “Hito e Mi” posture and “seigan”.

    Wagner Bull

  2. bruce baker says:

    Yeah, it happens, we feel it working for us .. but it takes thousands of hours of practice to do it WITHOUT thinking about it .. so what does that mean?

    Practice until you don’t think about it, and it just happens naturally.

  3. Tom McIntire says:

    I appreciate Abrams Sensei’s use of geometry to explain Aikido movement. Since we live and function in a universe that contains three spatial dimensions, the use of mathematics is an apt tool to employ in Aikido instruction. When we add the dimension of time to this mix many of the principles of our art take on more clarity. Thank you Abrams Sensei.

  4. I like the suggestion to use the pyramid concept. it gives some depth to the idea of the triangle.
    thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you for your constructive comments! The blog series is a supplemental teaching tool for my students. I focused on the triangle because we were exploring the concepts of the circle, triangle and square in the classes over a number of weeks.

    I totally agree about the importance of taking the uni-dimensional triangle and expanding that into the pyramid structure. I find that the KISS (keep it simple stupid)philosophy comes in handy when teaching. I wanted the students to begin with a simple structure. During the classes, this structure (or multiple triangles) then emerges as the pyramid.

    Safe Training!

    Marc Abrams Sensei

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