Tai Sabaki Explained



Tai sabaki is a term from Japanese combative techniques and which identifies with 'entire body development', or repositioning. It tends to be deciphered as body-the executives. It is a term utilized broadly in and vital in kendo, jujutsu, aikido, judo, karate and ninjutsu. Tai sabaki is typically used to stay away from an assault, with the end goal that the collector of the assault winds up in a favorable position and it is frequently wrongly alluded to as evasion.




Tai sabaki is identified with ashi sabaki (footwork) and te sabaki (handwork) a rotation of the body brought about by the displacement of the feet with Tsugi-ashi steps. This produces a pivoting effect, forward or backward, and is used to avoid an attack or prepare for an attacking or defensive movement.

Tai sabaki theory combines circular and linear body positioning. Tai sabaki involves the defender moving his body out of harm's way and creating an opening for retaliation. Body positioning is an essential element in the art.



Tai sabaki was designed to encompass any attack from any angle. In its most basic form it consists of movements against punching attacks. In more advanced forms, it encompasses defenses against armed attacks and multiple assailants. Tai sabaki is the heart of the art; technical skill in striking or major techniques is secondary. If you fail to avoid the initial attack, there is little need for countermoves. This involves primarily turning movements, which must be fluid and fast. The body must be carried lightly and you must maintain your balance at all times. Mastery of tai-sabaki is the key to executing effective techniques.