Category Archives: Training – Unarmed techniques

Katadori kokyu nage – Its all in the sword

In the below video senior students from Aikido Warrior Dojo demonstrate one of the many versions of the Aikido technique katadori kokyu nage.  This particular application of kokyu nage relies heavily on aiki sword principles, including cutting and footwork skills … Continue reading

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Aiki principles – Koshi nage

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei (6th Dan AKI Aikikai) explores some of the fundamental Aiki principles underpinning koshi nage (hip throw) applications, including how to safely receive them. The demonstration applies koshi nage from a traditional attack whereby the uke grabs the wrists of the nage … Continue reading

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Learning from other martial arts – Jodan tsuki kokyu nage

Its always disappointing to read and hear martial artists criticise how each other train and make comparative negative assessments on the worthiness of differing Aikido schools and martial systems. Martial art bigotry of this kind has never had a place in our dojo and never will. We have had the … Continue reading

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“Creating a place to move” – Aiki principles for ushiro training

Ushiro in Aikido training refers to a broad set of attack forms whereby the uke attacks the nage from behind.  Examples of ushiro attack forms include: Ushiro Ryotedori: When attacker grabs both wrists from behind (see photo of O’sensei on right). Ushiroeri katatedori: … Continue reading

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Katadori ikkyo – Balance breaking

In the absence of full cooperation, an aikido technique can generally only be created if the uke’s balance is first broken.  This principle equally applies when responding to an attack in the form of a shoulder grab (Katadori). For many students, breaking … Continue reading

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Aiki principles (5) – Absorbing and redirecting an attack

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei explores some of the key Aiki principles and concepts for absorbing and redirecting an attack.  These principles and concepts include:  Waiting until the attack is fully committed before attempting to defeat it; Timing when addressing … Continue reading

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Aiki principles (4) – “Yokomen is shomen”

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei explores the Aiki principles underpinning a yokomen strike or cut in Aikido practice. Yokomen is described in the Founders 2nd text, Budo (1938), as a “blow to the side of your partner’s head or down diagonally across (their) shoulder with … Continue reading

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