This is the 8th 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, and click here to view all the articles in this series). 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.
Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi
In this article we examine Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi, which is the 3rd of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Shomen No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. In summary, Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi is an overhead strike combined with a downward turning movement. It builds on the basic techniques you have learned in the Tsuki No Bu and Shomen No Bu series. Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi delves into one of the most widely cited principles of Aikido: resolving conflict that exists on a line of attack by moving off that line. The basic body movements derived from this practice begin with the dynamic and fluid movement involving both uke and nage, and continue with the kinetic chain involved in forward, backward, striking, and turning movements. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 4 major sections:
- Drop back
- Enter and strike
- Gather energy