taiso

This post originally appeared on my AikiWeb blog…

Taiso is our warm-up exercises. Starting tomorrow morning, I have to lead warm-ups for a week. Probably I will be doing well just to remember all the pieces in order, but I was hoping to learn them in Japanese, too. Here is what we’ve got. It starts after the opening rei. Sensei asks you to do warm-ups with some phrase like “taiso onegaishimasu.”

In general, the count is 1-8 repeated twice. The leader says 1, 2 and 5, 6, while everyone counts together on 3, 4 and 7, 8. It makes for a sort of rhythmic chanting that gets everyone into a cadence:
“ichi, ni, SAN, SHI, go, roku, SHICHI, HACHI, ichi, ni, SAN, SHI, go roku, SHICHI, HACHI.”

There are two places where you count 1-10 instead of 1-8, and the followers reply with “ehh!”:
“ichi, EH, ni, EH, san, EH…”

Taiso
Japanese , English , count

hirogate kudosai , please circle-up

choyaku , jumping (on toes) , 8×2
hisa kussin , bending the knees, 8×2
hisa mawashite , circle the knees , 8×2

shin kyaku , stretch legs , 8×2
fukaku , go lower , 8×2

zenkyo kutsu , back and forth , 8×2
taisoku , “deep sigh” to the side , 8×2
koshikara mawashite , “rotate the seat” rotating from the hip , 8×2

mune no undo , “chest exercise” opening the chest , 8×2
ude mawashite , rotate the arms , 8×2

kubi no undo , “neck exercise” head up and down , 8×2
sayu , “symmetrical pair” head to the side , 8×2
mawashite , rotate , 8×2

suwate kudosai , please sit down

ashi kubi mawashite , rotate the foot-neck (ankle) , no count

junan mae , touch toes , 8×2
ashi o hiraite , open the feet
hidari , left stretch , 8×2
migi , right stretch , 8×2
mae , front , 8×2
hinette , twist , 8×2

hisa jyoge , bounce the knees , 8×2 then 1-10 flexing the hip
muikai , repeat
(or…
ashi o tojite kokansetsu , feet together and hip joint , 8×2 then 1-10
muikai, repeat)

ushiro e , knees over the head , no count

tatte kudosai , please stand

migi ashi o mae , right foot forward
Akiresuken o nobashite , Achilles tendon strech , 8×2
hantai , other side , 8×2
koshi ire , hip twist , 1-10
hantai, other side , 1-10

tekubi ashikubi o futte kudosai , “hand-neck foot-neck shaking, please” please shake wrists and ankles , no count

kotegaeshi , wrist stretch , no count
nikkajo , wrist stretch , no count
sankajo , wrist stretch , no count
te o futte kudosai , shake out the hands , no count

ijo de taiso o owarimasu , warm-ups are at an end!

* please note: I am not 100% sure about the Romaji in this write-up

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