Training notes: Shomenuchi irimi nage

3Irimi nage (or entering throw) is a technique that is unique to Aikido.  Typically it is initially taught as a response to an overhead strike to the temple (shomenuchi).  However, it can be applied against most attack types, including those where the uke is armed with a weapon.

In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional version of  shomenuchi irimi nage as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.

The traditional version of irimi nage is a training favourite at our dojo and there would rarely be a training week where some aspect of it is not studied.

  • Basic application (nage initiates)


  • Intermediate applications (nage initiates – uke turns to continue attack)


  • Advanced applications (uke initiates)



  • Alternate application (1) – Andy Sato Sensei


  • Brief Biography – Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002)

saito_seiza_260Morihiro Saito Sensei’s  practice of Aikido spanned 56 years and he is one of the most important teachers in Aikido history.  Saito Sensei was a live-in student of O’sensei for more than 20 years at his home dojo in Iwama, Japan.

Saito Sensei spent his teaching life dedicated to preserving the technical style of Aikido as practised and shown to him by O’sensei in the post-war period.  Without his commitment to preserving the Aikido of the Founder and extensive efforts to record and document his teachings, much of the Aikido of O’sensei would have no doubt been lost.  The Aikido world owes him a great debt.

Have a great weekend

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

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