Kenji Tomiki developed a kata that encompasses the basic movements for Tomiki style aikido. This series of movements is known as “Tegatana no kata” or, as we call it, “The Walk”. Over the past several weeks in this blog, I have broken down the walk into sections. For each section, I have tried to explain why we do each particular movement, as well as at least one practical application.

It has been said that the Walk is one of the most important things we can do to develop and improve our aikido practice. As you develop in your practice and learn the more advanced katas, you will notice that almost all of the movements can be found in the Walk.

Think of the Walk like playing the scales in music. The scales aren’t the most fun, but they are an excellent starting point for learning the basics – and an important tool for improving your music. The Walk consists of the basic building blocks (movements) in aikido. It may not be glamorous or showy like some of the more flowing katas. However, if you study and perfect the movements in the Walk, you will find that your aikido becomes more efficient and learning the more advanced kata is much easier.

This blog post concludes my series on the Walk. It demonstrates the Walk in its entirety, as well as some general advice learned during my 38 years of practice.

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