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Training notes – Yokomenuchi irimi nage

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) demonstrates the three traditional versions of  Yokomenuchi irimi nage as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.

Irimi means to enter physically and spiritually into an attack while at the same time simultaneously side stepping it. In the demonstrated technique irimi nage (“entering throw”) is being used to address a traditional strike to the side of the head.  This form of strike is called yokomenuchi.



  • Technical notes – Kihon application (1) – London Aikido Club 


  • Technical notes – Kihon application (2) – Morihiro Saito Sensei


  • Technical notes – Yokomenuchi – Ki no nagare – Morihiro Saito Sensei


  • Additional technical notes – Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 

In the below video Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) gives instruction and training tips from an alternate perspective.




All the best

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo