Sentai & Sengi

Sentai is a class of Taido techniques that make use of a spinning motion. For the most part, they are executed with the body upright and consist of a spin with an attached strike or kick. Of all the sotai, sen- is probably the easiest to conceptualize, but still...

Untai & Ungi

Untai si a class of Taido techniques that includes jumping and lunging movements. Since they tend to move in a direct path, they are probably the simplest to perform from a mechanical standpoint. One important point to understand is that untai is characterized...

Nentai & Nengi

Nentai is a class of techniques in Taido employing a twisting movement of the body. Nentai movement is characterized by the body axis being tilted to near horizontal while twisting about that axis in order to strike, kick, or “scissor” the opponent. Most...

Hentai & Hengi

Hentai is a class of techniques in Taido characterized by tilting the body axis. Since most hengi are kicks, it’s usually a case of “head goes down; leg goes up,” though there’s no rule that the technique must be a kick (in fact, there are...

Tentai & Tengi

Tentai is a class of Taido techniques based on gymnastic-style tumbling and aerial movement. Though closely related to unshin, the difference is that unshin is transportation, while tengi include integral strikes or other techniques. The most difficult obstacle to...