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In Aikite we study the application of AiKi to the Tuite techniques as learned from the Okinawan Karate Kata. One applies AiKi by understanding the rhythm and intent of the attacker to find the optimal position and timing to apply a counter-technique. Tuite techniques are designed for a single opponent; Aikite techniques can be used against single or multiple opponents. Aikite- includes techniques of the sword (Aiki-ken) and of the 4 foot staff (Aiki-jo). It is the goal of Aikite to pass on the techniques of Okinawan Kata with the principles of Aiki so that practitioners can use it to defend themselves while also protecting their health and increasing their Ki energy in daily life.
It should be noted that Aikite is not directly related to Aikijujusu or to Aikido. Aikite is an inner circle art of the Ryukyu Karate and Aikite Organization. Aikite applies the principle of AIKI to TE techniques hidden in the Okinawan Karate Kata's.
Not all of the techniques of Aikite are contained in the Okinawan Karate Kata's. The Kata's may only show one application of a technique. There are many variations of applications and there are many variations of attacks. By studying the core techniques of the Karate Kata's, one gets to understand a new language. Every technique that is contained in the Kata' are like letters in the alphabet. As one learn learns each technique, some techniques seem to blend together. This is similar to letters forming words. Soon the AIKI of the techniques flow in many directions where the techniques that are applied can be used to control, damage or cause death. The same flow of AIKI can be used against multiple attackers.
It is recommended that a student have a background in karate or similar martial art before studying the techniques of Aikite. Aikite differs from Aikijujutsu and Aikido in that most of the techniques are setup with a defensive or offensive attack prior or simultaneously with controlling movements. In Aikite, blocking actions are attacks.
Aikite techniques are very fast and can cause extreme destruction or death. Aikite is not a sport. Techniques are designed to dispose of an attacker in the most efficient manor. There are no counter techniques to a properly set Aikite technique.
Methods of Training; Three distinct methods of controlling an opponent
- Method One -- Karate jutsu method of relying primarily on atemi (blocking, strikes and kicks to any of the body's pressure points).
- Method Two -- Aikite method of combining atemi with aiki timing to techniques as contained in the Okinawan Karate Kata
- Method Three -- Aikite no Jutsu method of relying mainly on aiki timing
Method One is geared toward beginning students. Atemi is applied full force, and the joints are attacked with simple, straightforward movements. These techniques are good for basic training. Method two techniques, combining atemi and aiki timing are suitable for intermediate level students. The emphasis is less on devastating control of an opponent, and more on complicated pins that stretch an opponent's joints and limbs. Method Three techniques reduce the movement to a minimum and control the opponent's force and intent to defeat himself.
Example Method Two
Aikite Example Method 2:
In Fig 1, the defender blocks with a countering trap; the attacker's arm is locked and an elbow arm bar is applied. At the same time, the attacker's left knee is kicked with Aiki so that the timing of kick is used unbalance the attacker and move him into the technique.
In Fig 2 & 3, the arm bar is used to bring the attacker forward and to control his attack.
In Fig 4, the defender has the option of attacking with a strike to the head of the attacker.
In the transition from Fig 4, the defender has the option of taking the attacker to the ground with the arm-bar or as in Fig 5 to reverse the technique and take the attacker to the ground with a pressure point hold on his chest and a reap to his right leg; as shown in Fig 6.
Comment: In the Aikite technique, the initial defense is a 3 point control from the defender. This defense has the advantage of pressure points, joint lock or joint destruction. The technique could as shown in Fig 1; could end with a snapping action to break the attacker arm; or continue as described in Fig's 2-6.