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Technique #0


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The aikikai guys named some of their techniques with ordinal numbers (e.g. ikkyo=technique#1, nikyo=technique#2, etc...), suggesting that ikkyo is foundational to the rest of the stuff. Tomiki appeared to think that the atemiwaza was more foundational to aikido than ikkyo (which Tomiki called oshitaoshi) because Tomiki taught oshitaoshi as technique #6 after all the atemiwaza.
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I guess that makes all the atemiwaza (shomenate, aigamaeate, etc..) = "Technique #0" just because it's the set of stuff you learn before ikkyo.
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What would the Japanese word for zero-kyo be?
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