irimi nage

Shomenuchi irimi nage – Aikido Yuishinkai

osensei kokyu nageIrimi nage (entering throw) techniques are practised in all Aikido dojos, though the form may differ depending on stylistic preferences. 

Shomenuchi irimi nage is a particular form of entering throw intended to be used to address a downward strike to the temple (shomenuchi). The technique has a long history in Aikido practice and has been part of the Art since its beginnings.  The technique for example features prominently in Master Morihei Ueshiba’s 2nd technical manual – Budo (1938).

In the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, demonstrates and provides instruction on shomenuchi irimi nage as practiced that school.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES 

  • Shomenuchi irimi nage – Maruyama Sensei World tour 2012 

The following video was recorded at the 2012 Aikido Yuishinkai International Seminar held in Rotterdam. In the video, Maruyama Sensei provides instruction on additional aspects of shomenuchi irimi nage, including the mental intent element on the entering (irimi) aspects of the technique.

 

  • Shomenuchi  irimi nage – “Budo” version

336890In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional version of  shomenuchi irimi nage as shown in O’Sensei’s (the Founder of Aikido) 2nd manual “Budo” (1938).  Notably, in the “Budo” version, the nage does not take a second step to the rear in the final part of its execution.

 

  • Shomenuchi irimi nage – Traditional ki no nagare version

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional ki nagare version of  shomenuchi irimi nage as practised by O’sensei in the 1950’s.

For further information and videos dealing with the traditional versions of shomenuchi irimi nage see: Training notes: Shomenuchi irimi nage (traditional applications).

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Training notes: Morotedori irimi nage

3Irimi nage (or entering throw) is a technique unique to Aikido. Irimi means to enter physically and spiritually  into an attack while simultaneously sidestepping it.

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on an application of irimi nage used to address a traditional attack in the form of a 2 hand grab on the nage’s arm (morotedori sometimes also called ryotemochi). This particular application was practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Option for atemi (strike) 

Ryoto atemi

 

 

 

 

 

  • Morotedori irimi nage – Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 

In the below video Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) demonstrates and provides instruction for morotedori irimi nage.  

 

  • Other Morotedori  techniques

See – Video library: Unarmed arts by attack type.

 

Have a great week

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane

 

Training notes: Shomenuchi irimi nage

3Irimi nage (or entering throw) is a technique that is unique to Aikido.  Typically it is initially taught as a response to an overhead strike to the temple (shomenuchi).  However, it can be applied against most attack types, including those where the uke is armed with a weapon.

In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional version of  shomenuchi irimi nage as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.

The traditional version of irimi nage is a training favourite at our dojo and there would rarely be a training week where some aspect of it is not studied.

  • Basic application (nage initiates)

 

  • Intermediate applications (nage initiates – uke turns to continue attack)

 

  • Advanced applications (uke initiates)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Alternate application (1) – Andy Sato Sensei

 

  • Brief Biography – Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002)

saito_seiza_260Morihiro Saito Sensei’s  practice of Aikido spanned 56 years and he is one of the most important teachers in Aikido history.  Saito Sensei was a live-in student of O’sensei for more than 20 years at his home dojo in Iwama, Japan.

Saito Sensei spent his teaching life dedicated to preserving the technical style of Aikido as practised and shown to him by O’sensei in the post-war period.  Without his commitment to preserving the Aikido of the Founder and extensive efforts to record and document his teachings, much of the Aikido of O’sensei would have no doubt been lost.  The Aikido world owes him a great debt.

Have a great weekend

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Training Notes: Irimi principles for munetsuki

Irimi munetsukiIn the below video, Peter Kelly Sensei, Aikido Yuishinkai,  examines the principles for effective entering (irimi) when dealing with a direct strike to the torso (munetsuki).

A key aspect of the instruction is how to avoid being tracked. This aspect of effective Aikido technique is unfortunately too-often neglected in training.  The fact remains, however, it is surprisingly easy for a uke to track a nage when executing a strike unless the nage meets the strike rather than attempts to avoid it.

There is no doubt that training to meet a strike requires significant repetitive practice to acquire the necessary “mechanical” and timing skills.  Even more challenging, however, is the psychological “rewiring” necessary to retrain our minds to initially enter into an oncoming strike rather than try to dodge or otherwise move away from it.  In the words of O’Sensei – “One should be prepared to receive ninety-nine percent of an enemy’s attack and stare death right in the face in order to illumine the path.”

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane

Training notes: Deflection principles for Jodan tsuki

IrimiIn the below video, Peter Kelly Sensei (Chief Instructor, Aikido Yuishinkai), examines the principles for deflecting a direct strike to the face (Jodan tsuki).

The type of training demonstrated in the video is strongly advocated at our dojo. It is grounded in in underpinning philosophy that Aikido principles and martial application should be studied hand in hand, and in effect should inform each other.  The demonstrated method of deflection method is based on thrust and cut bokken movements, which in turn draw on skills developed through our weapons katas.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Jodan tsuki

jodantsuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the best

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Training notes: Yokomenuchi irimi nage

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional version of  yokomenuchi irimi nage as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  •  Alternate application (1) – Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 

In the below videos Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) demonstrates and provides instruction for the basic version of Yokomenuchi irimi nage.

 

 

  • Alternate application (2) – Andy Sato Sensei 

 

  • Alternate Application (3) – Ki aikido – Aikido Yuishinkai 

In the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, demonstrates and provides instruction on how to perform  yokomenuchi irimi nage (ura) as practiced in Aikido Yuishinkai.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo