atemi waza

Atemi waza – Bokken tori shomenuchi

Bokken 2Striking techniques (atemi waza) are an integral part of aikido practice.  While atemi is typically used in modern Aikido as a means to set up a throwing technique, it may also be used as method of ending a confrontation on its own.

In the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, provides instruction on how to use atemi  as a sole response to addressing a downward  direct strike to the  forehead (shomenuchi) where the attacker is armed with a wooden sword (bokken).

The video was recorded in 2005 at Byron Bay, Australia.


Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane