Training notes: Yokomenuchi gokyo

GokyoIn the below video Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) demonstrates and provides instruction for the Aikido technique gokyo (No 5 wrist technique).

The instruction shows how to use gokyo to defend against a knife attack where the uke thrusts the knife to the side of the nage’s neck while holding it in the same way as an ice pick (yokomenuchi sakate mocha).  The instruction (other than the pin) is equally applicable to addressing a standard yokomenuchi attack where the uke is unarmed.      



  • Alternate standing pin and disarm

Gokyo pin 1

Gokkyo pin 2






  • Kneeling pin if there is no weapon 

Gokyo pin - no tanto





  • Alternate entry if uke attacks with shomenuchi strike to forehead 

Gokyo shomen 1






  • Aikido Yuishinkai version


Have a great week

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane







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