Training notes: Ai hanmi katatedori kotegaeshi

kotegaeshiIn the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) demonstrates the Aikido techniques Ai hanmi katatedori kotegaeshi.  The demonstration is at basic static (kihon) level.

In basic practice the uke typically holds the nage using strength. Practising at basic level is essential to develop  correct footwork, natural posture, understanding of balance breaking points and how to move when encountering resistance.

Depending on the school, Ai hanmi katatedori kotegaeshi is also referred to as Kosadori kotegaeshi or Katate kosadori kotegaeshi.



  • Technical notes

In the below video, Morihiro Saito Sensei provides instruction on key technical aspects of the basic application for the technique.


  • Kosadori kotegaeshi – “Complete Guide to Aikido” (2015)


kosadori-kotegaeshi-2Source: “Complete Guide to Aikido” (2015), Morihiro Saito

  • Alternate application – Peter Brady Shihan

In the following video, Peter Brady Shihan (7th Dan Aikikai) provides instruction on an alternate application of Kosadori kotegaeshi.  


  • Advanced practice options

In the below video Christian Tissier Sensei (8th dan Aikikai) explains the 3 options that are available for applying Ai hanmi katatedori kotegaeshi in free flowing practice (sometimes referred to as ki no nagare).


  • An alternate perspective – Takashi Kuroki Sensei

In the following video Takashi Kuroki Sensei takes a very different and quite interesting approach to kotegaeshi when dealing with a cross hand grab.  Notably, he also explores the availability of the drop technique Tai otoshi in the event that that the uke acts in a non-typical way during the set up for the kotegaeshi application.