“Katsuhayabi”… It’s over in a flash!

Michio Hikitsuchi, 10th dan, explains the principle of “Katsuhayabi”. Nage, as the initiator, must exert complete control over the encounter with an opponent. Nage never lets uke gain the initiative. Uke can never land an attack. The exchange is over in a flash. This concept of speed transcending time and space, which O-Sensei referred to as “katsuhayabi”, is mostly absent from today’s aikido. Yet it is a cherished principle of the Founder that should never be forgotten…


Michio Hikitsuchi, 10th dan, channeling
O-Sensei in “Essential Teachings of Aikido”!

Michio Hikitsuchi's “Essential Teachings of Aikido”

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