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The 31 taigi are groups of techniques or movements with a common theme. They are based on the traditional movements of Aikido and are used as an exercise and expression of ki movement through a series of techniques with a partner.

Taigi were formalised by Tohei Sensei in 1978. They were developed to encourage both uke and nage to remain calm and centred individually, and in harmony with each other, throughout the taigi. This also helps to promote precision and grace in the movement of both uke and nage. The emphasis in performance of taigi is to show largeness of form and rhythmic flow of movement, as well as coordination of mind and body in both partners.

There are three principle points used in assessing correct performance of taigi:

Fudoshin the presence of an immovable mind is judged through the stability and unification of the body

Kankyu ritsudo the presence of fluid and well-modulated rhythm in movement

Kiryoku jujitsu the presence of ki as seen in the largeness and beauty of the arts.

In addition, each taigi is given a certain amount of time for execution. When the techniques are performed with perfect rhythm and timing, the taigi is performed in exactly the number of seconds allowed. It is interesting to note that most commonly the arts are performed too quickly rather than too slowly.

Taigi Arts

Taigi: Kitei Taigi 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Kitei Taigi (110 seconds). . .
  1. Shomen-uchi Kokyu-nage
  2. Yoko-men-uchi shiho-nage irimi
  3. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi katameru
  4. Kate-te-tori ikkyo tenkan katameru
  5. Kata-tori nikkyo irimi katameru
  6. Ushiro tekubi-tori sankyo katameru
Taigi 1. . .Kata-te-tori (65 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage tenkan
  2. Kiri-kaeshi tenkan
  3. Zenpo-nage tenkan
  4. Kaiten-nage tenkan
  5. Shiho-nage tenkan
  6. Ikkyo tenkan katameru
Taigi 2. . .Kata-te-tori ryo-te-mochi (71 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage tenkan (jump in)
  2. Kokyu-nage tenkan (circle)
  3. Kokyu-nage tenkan (figure 8)
  4. Zenpo-nage tenkan
  5. Nikyo tenkan katameru
  6. Kote o'roshi tenkan katameru
Taigi 3. . .Yokomen-uchi (49 seconds). . .
  1. Sudori (slide in)
  2. Sudori (bow)
  3. Kokyu-nage irimi
  4. Shiho-nage irimi
  5. Kokyu-nage sudori nage
  6. Kokyu-nage tenkan (figure 8)
Taigi 4. . .Ryo-kata-tori (60 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage tenkan (turn and bow)
  2. Kokyu-nage tenkan kiri-kaeshi
  3. Kokyu-nage tenkan (bow and bow)
  4. Sudori
  5. Nikyo tenkan katameru
  6. Zenpo-nage
Taigi 5. . .(77 seconds). . .
  1. Shomen-uchi kokyu-nage
  2. Yokomen-uchi shiho-nage irimi
  3. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi katameru
  4. Kata-tori ikkyo irimi katameru
  5. Kokyu dosa
Taigi 6. . .Ushiro waza (71 seconds). . .
  1. Ushiro-tori kokyu-nage
  2. Ushiro-te-kubitori ura-gaeshi kokyu-nage
  3. Ushiro-te-kubitori zenpo-nage
  4. Ushiro-te-kubitori kote o'roshi
  5. Ushiro-te-kubitori ikkyo katameru
  6. Ushiro-te-kubitori sankyo nage
Taigi 7. . .Muna-tsuki and kick (66 seconds). . .
  1. Muna-tsuki Kokyunage (cut neck)
  2. Muna-tsuki ikkyo hantai tenkan katameru
  3. Muna-tsuki zenpo nage
  4. Maekeri kokyu-nage (front kick)
  5. Mawashi-keri kokyu-nage (roundhouse kick)
  6. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi
Taigi 8. . .Ryo-te-tori (50 seconds). . .
  1. Tenchi-nage irimi
  2. Tenchi-nage tenkan
  3. Kokyu-nage yurei nage
  4. Kokyu-nage sayu undo
  5. Kokyu-nage zenpo nage
  6. Kokyu-nage kiri-kaeshi
Taigi 9. . .Shomen-uchi (67 seconds). . .
  1. Ikkyo irimi katameru
  2. Ikkyo tenkan katameru
  3. Kokyu-nage
  4. Kote o'roshi
  5. Kokyu-nage kiri-kaeshi
  6. Kokyu-nage zenpo-nage
Taigi 10. . .Kata-tori shomen-uchi (65 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage irimi (no touch)
  2. Kokyu-nage tenkan (circle)
  3. Kokyu-nage tenkan (figure 8)
  4. Nikyo tenkan katameru
  5. Kokyu-nage sankyo
  6. Kokyu-nage zenpo nage
Taigi 11. . .Katate-tori (56 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage irimi
  2. Kokyu-nage irimi-tenkan
  3. Kosa-dori kokyu-nage tenkan
  4. Kosa-dori kokyu-nage maki-kaeshi
  5. Kosa-dori kokyu-nage irimi maki-kaeshi nage
  6. Kosa-dori kokyu-nage kiri-kaeshi
Taigi 12. . .Kata-te-tori ryo-te-mochi (55 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage irimi
  2. Kokyu-nage tenkan
  3. Kokyu-nage nikyo
  4. Kokyu-nage ikkyo irimi
  5. Kokyu-nage zenpo nage
  6. Kokyu-nage (throw ball)
Taigi 13. . .Yokomen-uchi (61 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage irimi
  2. Kokyu-nage juji irimi nage
  3. Kokyu-nage atemi
  4. Shiho-nage irimi tobikomi
  5. Kote o'roshi (circle)
  6. Kokyu-nage zenpo nage kiri-kaeshi
Taigi 14. . .Kata-tori (85 seconds). . .
  1. Ikkyo tenkan katameru
  2. Nikyo irimi katameru
  3. Sankyo tenkan katameru
  4. Yonkyo irimi katameru
  5. Kokyu-nage ushiro-muki
  6. Kokyu-nage ushiro-muki furi-kaette yokomen-uchi
Taigi 15. . .(89 seconds). . .
  1. Shomen-uchi ikkyo irimi katameru
  2. Yokomen-uchi kokyu-nage (figure 8)
  3. Muna-tsuki zenpo-nage
  4. Kata-tori nikyo irimi katameru
  5. Ushiro-tori kokyu-nage zenpo nage
  6. Ushiro-te-kubitori sankyo-nage
Taigi 16. . .Zagi (60 seconds). . .
  1. Shomen-uchi ikkyo irimi katameru
  2. Shomen-uchi ikkyo tenkan katameru
  3. Kata-tori shomen-uchi kokyu-nage
  4. Shomen-uchi kokyu-nage
  5. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi katameru
  6. Yokomen-uchi kokyu-nage
Taigi 17. . .Zagi handachi (54 seconds). . .
  1. Kata-tori kokyu-nage
  2. Kata-tori kokyu-nage kiri-kaeshi
  3. Shomen-uchi kokyu-nage
  4. Ushiro-kata-dori kokyu-nage
  5. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi
  6. Yokomen-uchi kokyu-nage
Taigi 18. . .Ushiro waza (72 seconds). . .
  1. Hagai-jime kokyu-nage
  2. Kata-tori kokyu-nage hikoki
  3. Kata-tori kokyu-nage suikomi
  4. Kata-tori kokyu-nage zenpo-nage
  5. Tekubi-tori kubi-shime ura-gaeshi kokyu-nage
  6. Tekubi-tori kubi-shime zenpo-nage
Taigi 19. . .Muna-tsuki (52 seconds). . .
  1. Uchiwa-nage kubi-kiri
  2. Zenpo-nage kubi-uchi
  3. Uchiwa-nage men-uchi
  4. Irimi sudori
  5. Shomen-uchi
  6. Hantai tenkan kote o'roshi
Taigi 20. . .Futari sannin waza. (82 seconds). .
  1. Futari ryo-te-mochi kokyu-nage zenpo nage
  2. Futari ryo-te-mochi kokyu-nage senaka awase
  3. Futari ryo-te-mochi kokyu-nage seiretsu
  4. Futari ryo-te-mochi shiho-nage
  5. Sannin ryo-te-mochi kokyu-nage seiretsu
  6. Sanningake (or goningake) randori
Taigi 21. . .Tanto tori (131 seconds). . .
  1. Shomen-uchi kote o'roshi
  2. Shomen-uchi kokyu-nage
  3. Yokomen-uchi kokyu-nage gokyo katameru
  4. Yokomen-uchi irimi sakate
  5. Yokomen-uchi shiho-nage
  6. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi
  7. Muna-tsuki ikkyo hantai irimi katameru
  8. Muna-tsuki kokyu-nage zenpo
  9. Muna-tsuki hijiuchi menuchi
  10. Muna-tsuki kaiten nage
Taigi 22. . .Bokken tori (106 seconds). . .
  1. Shomen-uchi irimi sudori kokyu-nage katameru
  2. Shomen-uchi kote o'roshi (right)
  3. Shomen-uchi irimi dori (left)
  4. Yokomen-uchi kokyu-nage irimi
  5. Yokomen-uchi shiho-nage (left)
  6. Muna-tsuki kote o'roshi (right)
  7. Muna-tsuki kokyu-nage zenpo
  8. Muna-tsuki kokyu-nage irimi sudori
  9. Douchi kokyu-nage katameru
  10. Yoko-barai kokyu-nage katameru
Taigi 23. . .Jo tori (124 seconds). . .
  1. Shome-nuchi irimi sudori kokyu-nage katameru
  2. Shomen-uchi kote o'roshi (right)
  3. Shomen-uchi irimi-dori (left)
  4. Yokomen-uchi shiho-nage (left)
  5. Yokomen-uchi kokyu-nage zenpo
  6. Muna-tsuki kokyu-nage tsuki-kaeshi
  7. Muna-tsuki kokyu-nage zenpo
  8. Muna-tsuki kokyu-nage kiri-kaeshi
  9. Douchi kokyu-nage katameru
  10. Yoko-barai kokyu-nage katameru
Taigi 24. . .Jo nage (68 seconds). . .
  1. Kokyu-nage
  2. Kokyu-nage zenpo nage
  3. Sakate mochi kokyu-nage zenpo
  4. Shiho-nage
  5. Nikyo
  6. Kote o'roshi
  7. Kokyu-nage kiri-kaeshi
  8. Kokyu-nage ashi sukui
Taigi 25. . . Bokken part 1 (27 seconds). . .
Taigi 26. . . Bokken part 2 (30 seconds). . .
Taigi 27. . . Jo part 1 (38 seconds). . .
Taigi 28. . . Jo part 2 (40 seconds). . .

Taigi 29. . . Tachi uchi (80 seconds). . .
  1. Kote-uchi
  2. Migi-douchi
  3. Hidari-douchi
  4. Nodo tsuki
  5. Shomen-uchi
  6. Hidari yokomen - Migi yokomen
Taigi 30. . .Shinken kokoro no ken. . .
  1. Shomen-uchi
  2. Hidari ashi maeuchi ushiro uchi
  3. Migi ashi maeuchi ushiro uchi
  4. Hidari yokomen-uchi rensoku
  5. Migi yokomen-uchi rensoku
  6. Hidari kesa ashi barai
  7. Migi kesa ashi barai
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