Shomenuchi kotegaeshi

Kotegaeshi techniques involve the application of an outward wrist turn and downward cutting action to unbalance and ultimately throw the uke.  Kotegaeshi techniques are a common feature in the syllabus of most Aikido schools.

In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) provides instruction on the basic and advanced versions of kotegeashi from an attack in the form of a straight blow to the centre of the head (Shomenuchi kotegaeshi).

  • Shomenuchi kotegaeshi – Basic version (nage initiates)


  • Shomenuchi kotegaeshi – Advanced version (uke attacks first)



  • Alternate application (1) – Andy Sato Sensei


Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Acknowledgement: Demonstrations and instruction in technical notes by Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan).  Demonstrated techniques are based on instruction given to Saito Sensei by O’sensei in the post war period of the Founder’s training.  Saito Sensei was a live-in student of O’sensei for more than 20 years at the Founder’s Home Dojo in Iwama.

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