Training notes – Yokomenuchi kokyu nage

Yokomenuchi kokyuIn the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, provides  instruction on one of the many forms of kokyu nage (breath throw) that can be used in response to a yokomenuchi attack (i.e. a circular blow to the side of the head).

Despite its simplicity of mechanical movement, Yokomenuchi kokyu nage, is a deceptively challenging technique that takes practice and understanding of applied kokyu (breath power) principles to successfully perform.  Notably, any attempt to “muscle” the technique neutralises it.

In terms of martial application, it is essential that the uke’s balance be completely taken at first contact.  Failure to do this places the nage in a precariously disadvantaged strategic position, particularly if the uke delivers a centred attack and follows through with a second strike or grapple .

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane

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