Shiho nage (4 directions throw) is one of the most important, if not the most important pillar technique in Aikido training. It is commonly considered to contain within it the root of every Aikido throwing technique and there is no doubt its proper execution relies on the nage applying all of the fundamental principles that underlie Aikido practice.
The name of the technique stems from the fact that a skilled nage can throw the uke in any of 4 directions. In reality, however, it is possible for the 4 directions to be extended to 8. This ability to effect the technique in any direction makes shiho nage particularly attractive from a self-defence perspective, especially if dealing with multiple attackers.
The below video examines various aspects of shiho nage in the context of a response to a circular blow to the face (yokomenuchi). The technique is demonstrated at ryutai (flowing forms) level from the Aikido Yuishinkai syllabus.
The demonstration is from a class at Seishin no Shugyo Dojo in Tasmania by Peter Kelly Sensei, Chief Instructor, Aikido Yuishinkai Australia. Peter Sensei’s instruction emphasises the correct application of the change in direction cutting movement necessary for the successful execution of the technique.
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