Basic Position Where do you think your feet should be? In the basics, the right foot is the front foot and the left foot is the back foot. And lift the left heel slightly up. Suri-ashi and Okuri-ashi Suri-ashi Suri-ashi is the way we perform all the other kendo footwork. It is a sliding movement.
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It is one of the first things a beginner should focus on, as it directly affects the basics of Aikido. If you do not have good ashi-sabaki footwork you will not have a good foundation for hanmi, mai-ai, and your timing will most likely be off. Overall, it will affect your execution of the techniques. Where you take your steps and how you place your feet is of great importance. For me, footwork has been slow going for two reasons.
One, when I first started practicing Aikido it seemed there was a lot of focus on the hands. Te-sabaki handwork seemed to be directly involved with the execution of techniques, while ashi-sabaki seemed to play a lesser role. I stepped, shuffled and pivoted every once and a while, but largely it seemed that my legs were just for holding up my arms and hands while they did the techniques. My second reason for poor footwork is my history with footwork.
Leading up to my practice of Aikido, I utilized only linear footwork. The transition from using only one simple yet effective type of footwork to utilizing all three has been, and will continue to be, a challenge for me.
Likely a lot of people who see Aikido for the first time will come to the conclusion that we only use our hands and that footwork is not important. As I have come to learn over the past year, this is not true. I would say that footwork, just looking at it ratio-wise, actually makes up the majority of Aikido. Nage quickly counters with footwork i.
The technique then begins while nage does tenkan more footwork. The technique is completed with a throw, which involves nage pivoting on the balls of his feet more footwork. For one technique there are three elements to the footwork. There are three aspects of footwork in Aikido irimi, tenkan, pivot that, when used in different combinations, create a multitude of variations in techniques.
If you add whether the technique enters in front of the centre or behind it omote or ura , the number of variations increases even more.
Put your feet and legs to work!
Basic Kendo Footwork
Footwork in Practice: Ashi-Sabaki