Shambhalalala Pocket Classics Presents
THE ART OF STRIKING LIKE THUNDER
by Ueshiba Morihei
T e a c h i n g s O f T h e F o u n d e r O f A i k i d o
compiled and edited by Ivan V.
Copyright 1997 by -= Ivan =-
The author wishes to thank Kodansha International for using material from Budo
Special thanks to all at Atlanta Kobukan.
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(to be published later on)
Rely on the principle of kokyu timing
to enter smoothly to his side;
be prepared to strike a second opponent
to the right with your right hand.
In order to deliver
a devastating blow to an enemy,
one must be enlightened
to the principles of heaven and earth
Without offering your opponent
the slightest opening
or allowing a break
in the flow of kokyu and ki,
you must be enlightened
to the essence of striking
Move like lightening,
Strike like thunder.
If the opponent grabs your wrist,
step back with the left leg,
guide him in that direction,
hold his arm while striking his face,
and down him
As soon as the the collar is grasped
you must move swiftly
and seize the initiative from the opponent
by striking his face
and/or solar plexus
Grab your partner's right wrist
from underneath with your right hand,
release his grip,
and strike his face.
Step out on your right foot
and strike directly
at your opponent's face
with your right te-gatana
and punch his ribs
with your left fist.
You can then pin
your opponent's right arm
with your legs
and strike his neck
with your right te-gatana.
Enter to your oppponent's right,
strike his ribs with your left fist,
and use your right te-gatana
to cut down his attack.
Turn deeply behind your opponent
and throw him with the added element
of a strong push to the chin.
Attack your opponent's face and ribs
as described above.
Apply a reverse twist
with your left hand
while striking his face
with your right fist
Open slightly to the left
your opponent's attack
with your left te-gatana
while simultaneously striking
his face with your right hand.