This is the second in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.
In this article we examine Kaeshi Tsuki, which is the second of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Tsuki No Bu. Below is a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi.
In summary, Kaeshi Tsuki is a forward moving thrust, related in important respects to Choku Tsuki, but with a reversed grip in the right hand that results in the practice of a spiral motion through space. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 3 major sections:
- Transfer momentum forward and initiate spiral from center
- Complete thrust