Ki Musubi, le nœud des énergies
When energies meet
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While many people are familiar with the word, few are aware of the principles embodied by its three syllables:
合 ai: harmony / 気 ki: energy / 道 do: the way.
Aikido is a martial art that centres around the meeting and movements of two partners, where the tori – who applies the technique – and the uke – the initiator of the attack who reacts – are closely bound.
Anchored in Japanese culture and tradition, aikido offers practitioners a win/win experience, by focusing on harmony rather than competition.
Recognizable by their hakama – dark, pleated trousers worn on top of the white keikogi – aikidoka practice their art either empty-handed or with wooden weapons – bokken, jō and tantō – in an exchange that may seem overly aesthetic to onlookers.
But the relationship between uke and tori is complex. It evolves continuously in a subtle but effective chain of actions and reactions, with each optimal or off-balance position on either side having an impact on the whole.
In a single fluid sequence, the partners bring their respective energies together in order to more easily break apart. This is known in aikido as ki musubi, which translates literally as "the knot of energies".
Aren't the strongest knots those that require the least effort to untie?
I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to photograph Bernard Palmier Shihan, 7th Dan Tokyo Aikikai, a leading figure on the European aikido scene.
I'd also like to thank Bruno, Christophe, Jimmy and Thierry for their participation.