Saigo-Ha Takeda-Ryu

Aiki-Budo

" SPECIAL "

TRIANGULATION PRINCIPLE

by: Dr.John J.Williams, 9th dan Menkyo Kaiden- Takeda-Ryu

This is the first in a series of articles on the

"100 principles" of SAIGO-HA TAKEDA-RYU AIKIBUJUTSU.

This is listed in the Hiden Saigo-Ha scrolls as one of the "Inner Secrets" of Daito-Ryu Aiki Bujutsu and this is the first time that the actual formula has appeared in print.

(Takeda-Ryu /Daito-Ryu)


TRIANGULATION

What is TRIANGULATION And why is it one of the primary principles in the ability to disturb stability or prepare an opponent for a throw ?

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The human body balances at a point which is roughly 3" below the naval ( belly button) 

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If you freeze a body and balance it on a point, that balance point will always be exactly 3 inches below the naval .

Note *If we take a HUMAN BODY and make it ridged (Say if we froze it solid) and place it on a balance point ( say ! We stick a staff / pole into the ground at a perfect right angle to the ground) you will find, regardless of the size or shape of the body, that it will balance approximately 3 inches below the naval (belly button ) and this is what is known as your CENTER OF BALANCE ( or center of gravity)

GRAVITY

GRAVITY ALWAYS PULLS DIRECTLY TOWARD THE CENTER OF THE PLANET ! WE can go farther in explaining GRAVITY, but, the KEY thing is to remember that GRAVITY always exerts a PULLING ACTION toward the EARTH's CORE and this pull is GREATER at the CENTER OF of the MASS of the OBJECT being acted on !

HOW WE TESTED TRIANGULATION

To test for the effectiveness of triangulation, we used ropes, pulleys and weights to see where the force had to be applied to best unbalance the human body ! ( by moving pulley "A" away from body toward weight we found the best triangulation points )

Our results were that the shoulder level was the best anchor points to successfully use the force and create the unstable situation where the person could not bend their knees, step forward or lean backwards/forward in order to retain their balance and prevent being thrown.( or falling to the earth's surface)

Achor Points

Anchor Points refers to the place where force is applied to ! ( it can be a pushing or pulling force ) , and the location where the anchor point is applied effects it's effectiveness as shown in the following chart ! The higher the point, the greater the effect by the triangulation pressure applied .

RESULTS OF ANCHOR- POINT STUDIES :

RESULTS OF TRIANGULATION POINT TESTING :

The GENERAL RULE of triangulation is to merely draw a straight line between the heels of both feet of your oponant, and then apply force toward a point at a direct angle of that line at a distance of 3/4 the distance of the first line .

FORMULAS :

ANGULAR TRIANGULATION

Angular triangulation does not follow the same general rules as the Frontal , Side or Rear triangulations !

REAR TRIANGULATION :

Rear triangulation is that point to the rear which is at a direct right angle to a direct line between the oponant's heel which is located at any pint between 1/8 to 100 % of the distance between the oponant's heels !

SIDE TRIANGULATION :

In SIDE TRIANGULATION, the force is applied to a point which is the SAME as that of REAR TRIANGULATION (between 1/8 to 100% of the distance between the oponant's heels ! )

TRIANGULATION is a trademark of the TAKEDA-RYU/DAITO-RYU AIKI BUDO/AIKIJUJUTSU system ! It is based on scientific studies carried-out over hundreds of years of martial arts training !

The SAIGO-HA TAKEDA-RYU(DAITO-RYU) , under Dr.John J.Williams, has done extensive research on TRIANGULATION ( as well as all the 100 principles) and they prepared actual force & vector charts on the TRIANGULATION studies !

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