Bokken tori

Saturday’s class – What we covered in 36 seconds

We’ve introduced a new tradition lately where seniors do a quick run through summary demo at the end of class of what we covered in the previous 2 hours. This Saturday it was informally recorded and makes a nice video momento of a typical class at our dojo.

Training notes: Tachi dori – Shomen giri shiho nage

In the below video Aikido Warrior Dojo seniors demonstrate and explain key aspects of the Aikido technique bokken tori shomen giri shiho nage.  The technique is demonstrated as a response to a downward strike to the head (shomenuchi) where the uke is armed with a wooden sword (bokken).

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Alternate tenkan variation 

In the below video, Peter Brady Shihan (7th Dan Aikikai) provides instruction on an alternate version of bokken tori shiho nage.

 

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Training notes: Tachi dori Shomen giri kaiten nage

In the below video Aikido Warrior Dojo seniors demonstrate the Aikido technique bokken tori shomenuchi kaiten nage.  The technique is demonstrated as a response to a downward strike to the head (shomenuchi) where the uke is armed with a wooden sword (bokken).

 

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Training notes: Tachi dori shomen giri yonkyo

In the below video Aikido Warrior Dojo seniors demonstrate and explain key aspects of the Aikido technique tachi dori shomen giri yonkyo.  The technique is demonstrated as a response to a downward strike to the head (shomenuchi) where the uke is armed with a wooden sword (bokken).

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Tachi dori shomen giri yonkyo A deeper look

In the below video, Peter Brady Shihan (7th Dan Aikikai) provides more detailed instruction on the subject version of tachi dori shomen giri yonkyo.

 

  • Yonkyo – Basics

For information and video instruction on the basics of yonkyo – see “Yonkyo (the basics)

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Training notes: Tachi dori shomen giri kokyu nage

In the below video Aikido Warrior Dojo seniors demonstrate and explain key aspects of the Aikido technique shomen giri kokyu nage.  The technique is demonstrated as a response to a downward strike to the head (shomen) where the uke is armed with a wooden sword (bokken).

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Hand position on hilt of the bokken

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  • Placement of the elbow

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  • Tachi dori shomen giri kokyu nageA deeper look

In the below video, Peter Brady Shihan (7th Dan Aikikai) provides more detailed instruction on the subject version of Bokken tori shomenuchi kokyu nage .  While Brady Sensei is not part of our school, the method of applying the techniques is very similar (if not the same) as that practised in our dojo.

 

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Budo (1938) – Tachi dori shomenuchi kokyu nage

bokken 1(a)In 1938 Master Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, finalised the 2nd of his 3 technical texts.  Simply titled “Budo“, the text contains a sampling of techniques from a wide range of attacks, including grabs, strikes and attacks from different weapons.

Budo” is an important reference point for our practice at Aikido Warrior Dojo. The techniques and principles referred to therein are regularly practised.

Interestingly, the Founder only included 3 tachi dori techniques in his 2nd text.  Further, 2 of the 3 techniques are variations of tachi dori shomenuchi kokyu nage.  In the first version (Technique 28) the nage enters to the uke’s right and in the second (Technique 29) enters to the uke‘s left.  Notably, in both techniques the Founder always enters on the same side as his forward foot (thereby ensuring he does not move under the vertically cutting blade).

The below videos feature photographic demonstrations of  both versions of bokken tori shomenuchi kokyu nage as they appear in “Budo”.  Also included are demonstrations of the techniques by Morihiro Saito Sensei who was a direct student of the Founder for more than 20 years.

  • Bokken tori shomenuchi kokyu nage (Technique 28)

 

  • Bokken tori shomenuchi kokyu nage (Technique 29)

For comparative purposes, the following video includes both the pre-war (Budo) version of the subject technique and also the post war version. Both versions are practised at our dojo.

 

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Budo (1938): Tachi dori shomen giri kotegaeshi

Bokken kotegaishi 2 osenseiIn 1938 Master Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, finalised the 2nd of his 3 technical texts.  Simply titled “Budo“, the text contains a sampling of techniques from a wide range of attacks, including grabs, strikes and attacks from different weapons.

Budo” is an important reference point for our practice at Aikido Warrior Dojo. The techniques and principles referred to therein are regularly practised.

Interestingly, the Founder only included 3 tachi dori techniques in his 2nd text.  One of these was tachi dori showmen giri kotegaeshi.

The below video features a photographic demonstration tachi dori shomen giri kotegaeshi as it appears in “Budo”.  Also included are demonstrations of the technique by Morihiro Saito Sensei who was a direct student of the Founder for more than 20 years.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • O’sensei’s explanation of tachi dori shomen giri kotegaeshi (1938)

In O’sensei’s manual “Budo” (1938), there is substantive instruction given for tachi dori shomen giri kotegaeshi.  In edited form, it reads as follows:

As soon as your opponent cuts, move with the speed of the gods and enter deeply to the right with irimi tankan.  Strike your opponents right wrist with your left te-gatana (hand sword), remain aware of possible attackers to the rear and strike your opponent’s face with your right fist…

Apply …kotegaeshi .. and down your opponent.  In this case it is necessary to control his hand and sword with the little and ring fingers of your right hand.  Next turn your opponent round to the left, pin him face down, take the sword and hold it to his neck

  • Hand position for take down and wrist pin

The traditional hand position on the bokken for the takedown to the mat and wrist pin is shown in the pictures below.  Note the hilt of the bokken is grabbed with the nage’s right little finger and ring finger. The nage’s left thumb is at the base of the uke’s right ring finger.

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Bokken kotegaeshi

 

 

 

 

  • Atemi

strike kotegaeshiAt the completion of the irimi tenkan movement there is the option of atemi in the form of striking the uke’s face with your right hand.

Practice of atemi in this way is a most useful practice tool to assist in learning the correct positioning for the technique.

 Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo