Ayumi-Ashi is a movement that can seem very simple because it is the one that corresponds most to the natural walk. Indeed, Ayumi-Ashi simply consists to move forward one step.
The essential difference from the natural walk is that we will make our move using our belly.
Indeed whatever the starting position and the finish position, you have to make your move with this feeling that it's your belly pulling you forward. Although the legs will do their work of pushing and pulling in the movement, but the trigger of the displacement will leave your belly and you must keep a very strong sensation in the belly. The hara is going to be the driving force of the displacement. But I will talk to you about this principle later.
I even made you beautiful little drawings for each of the positions with the displacement of the feet and the center of gravity! You tell me the news ! 😉
Ayumi-Ashi in Zenkutsu-Dashi:
En Zenkutsu Dashiyou have to move as if your feet were laid on rails.
You advance the rear foot following the rail and you come to put it forward by keeping the initial spacing.
Contrary to what many people think, your feet do not have to describe a very pronounced arc and come against each other during the trip!
As in natural walking, the feet actually form un lightweight arc in Ayumi Ashi, but most importantly, do not think about it, it must remain natural.
The problem is that many beginners (and even graduates) wanting at all costs to make this arc, shift their center of gravity laterally during the movement. In fact, it's their whole body that moves in an arc while Ayumi-Ashi's goal is to move forward in a straight line.
What I advise you not to make this mistake, at first, is to imagine that your feet are on rails and that ...
... your belly, like a locomotive, pulls your body forward.
After when you will master the move Ayumi-Ashiyou will forget these rails and, without realizing it, your foot will make a slight arc of a circle, but your body will go in a straight line.
Ayumi-Ashi in Kokustu-Dashi:
En Kokutsu Dashi on the other hand your feet are already on the same line, so when you go forward, your back foot will come to pass next to the front foot.
As soon as your feet are side by side, you continue your movement by moving your foot forward and stabilize your position by opening the 90 ° rear knee.
To do well Ayumi-Ashi in this position, you have to like for Zenkutsu, think of a straight line. Your goal is to go forward.
You do not have to turn every time you go. This is a defect that we see very often in beginners. To overcome this defect, it suffices to well imagine his opponent in front and advance the hip forward with the foot pointing forward.
To stabilize your position, you must also think about "openness". You open your hip a lot (90 °) and keep the body resting on the back leg.
Do not let yourself be dragged forward. You must keep 2 / 3 from your weight on the back leg as you stabilize.
Ayumi-Ashi in Kiba-Dashi:
En Kiba Dashi, the feet are also on the same line, so they go as Kokutsu Dashi come against each other in the middle of the move. But this time, you will not think " forward"But « to the side« .
So it will no longer be the back end, but a side that passes on the other side. For example, to move Ayumi-Ashi to the left, you will move your right side to the left by rotating 180 °.
I do not know if it's very clear ... I will break down:
Still in our example of moving to the left, you rotate on the bowl of the foot left of 90 ° to the left. At the same time, the right foot is placed next to the left foot. You will find your feet together facing the direction of your movement. The body continues to pivot on the bowl of 90 ° 's left foot while the right foot continues to move to the left (which has now become your right ;-)) while pivoting too.
You stabilize in Kiba-Dachi ... You did a half turn.
I deliberately decomposed, but in practice there is no downtime in the middle of the trip. It starts from the belly and must be explosive, fast, fluid and end in a very stable position.
Important points :
The following points are important, even essential, whatever the position of displacement.
- Your pond should not get up. It must remain at the same level during the whole trip.
- Your bust remains well above the pelvis, the back straight, without parasitic tension. You must not lean back, forward, or on one side. The body remains naturally placed on the basin.
- Your center of gravity describes a straight line and not a curve.
- The feet touch the ground but without dragging and come to stabilize well flat, neither too much on the front, nor too much on the heels ...
- You keep a tension in the belly. It is the belly that gives the impetus and directs the movement of the legs.
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