Shumatsu Dosa Ni is the last of the basic movements of Aikido, and this completes this series of line drawings. After Class Exercise Number Two in english, this movement is the basis of many Ni techniques. Ni techniques are when Uke (your partner) is pushing on you and you pivot 180° out of the way letting them follow their energy to unsuitability. When you are doing this exercise with a partner it is a blending exercise, but to really move your partner you must both push them around the pivot, and relax at the same time letting them push you. It’s confusing to explain, but it is needed so Uke continues with their energy, you get out of the way, and then you can move them where you want them. Normally that’s the ground or far far away. Ink on Paper
Hug the world, we all need a hug right about now. How else can I show this than to have Rory do on paper what I can’t do in reality. I drew this with very soft colors, trying to make the two dimensional image feel softer. I used dark ink outlines to create a contrast for this softness to contain the form. Ink & Colored Pencils on Paper.
I thought I knew what I was going to draw tonight, I had a small training session with my sensei tonight. Five of us gathered to do a demonstration for some scouts who would get a martial arts badge for participating. They didn’t show up and it ended up being free mat time for us. After training I was talking to my sensei about my aikido drawings and how they make me think about the basic movements more in depth. I was sure I would complete my series when I got home.
Then I read the news. I won’t elaborate on my thoughts there (partially because I’m not sure of my thoughts) because this isn’t what this is about. I saw the reactions online and realized there are a lot of people and the whole world needing a hug right about now. It’s going to be hard, and reactions will test us. My hope is that we can react with kindness for each other and to not mistake our friends as enemies. We are hurting, and people do strange things when they hurt. Be like Rory, Hug the World.
Shumatsu Dosa Ichi is After Class Exercise Number One in English. The clearest use of this basic movement is directly applicable to Shihonage. Being able to move your partner, get under them, and shift them in order to bring them down simplified in this exercise. There are a lot of little bits in this movement too, and moments when other basic movements show up. Being sure to stay low is key and not giving up your balance to your partner is how you maintain control over their body and balance. I wanted to be able to show the proper position of the hands but no matter how I tried, it didn’t flow. Ink on Paper.
Hiriki No Yosei Ni, Elbow Power Number Two in english, is about moving your body, and your partner’s body with as much distance you can without moving your feet. Shifting your weight and moving direction. It’s important to move on the balls of your feet, not your heels. It’s important to be stable all through the movement. Then you get under uke with elbow power. Much like Ichi, Ni is also about getting under your partner. The shift, is called yoy, we yoy a lot in aikido. Ink on Paper.
Hiriki No Yosei Ichi is one of the basic movements for aikido. It’s called Elbow Power number one in english. By sliding forward and under you push your elbow forward to get control of your opponent. This movement is found in so many of the techniques you learn in aikido. It sounds simple but is so difficult to learn. Like all of the basic movements, mastering this will improve every aspect of your aikido.
I first drew this with pencil getting all of the lines and angles acurate and then used a brush pen to draw the lines you see. I then erased the pencil lines leaving only the fluid ink brush strokes to try to evoke movement and simplicity. Ink on paper.