the broad public Aikido is mostly equalized with AikiTai, although
AikiTai is only a part of Aikido.
? In many Aikido styles and schools mainly Aikido without
weapons is teached. AikiJo
und AikiKen are not or only weakly tyed in many schools.
Iaido and Jodo are something different. Partly AikiJo
and AikiKen are getting discovered gradually since only
a few years. Consequently the general public image of
Aikido is dominated by AikiTai.
AikiTai, that means Aikido with the body, joint and
armlock techniques as well as throw techniques are practised. That is rather physical and many techniques
are performed in close contact with a partner as an
health of the practicants we regard as a high level
commandment. In order to allow lock and throw techniques
without risk for the health of the thrown one, a comprehensive
education in and a permanent practice of rolling and breakfalls
are absolutely necessary. You can really talk of an
art of rolling and falling. As a side effect you get
an excellent whole body workout that results in a good
and an elastic body tonus.
Aikido the energy of the attacker (push or pull, impuls
of movement, e.g.) does not get blocked, but turned
The attacker's energy is turned back to him or is turned
in the void This principle is applied in every field
Esslingen-Zell we don't practise AikiTai, we are a special
training facility only for AikiJo
and AikiKen. You may practice AikiTai in other Aikido