London Aikido Club

Yokomenuchi shiho nage

Osensei shihonage (6)Shiho nage (4 directions throw) is one of the most important, if not the most important pillar technique in Aikido training. It contains within it the root of every Aikido technique and there is no doubt its proper execution relies on the nage applying all of the fundamental principles that underlie Aikido practice.

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei Sensei demonstrates the omote and ura forms of the Aikido technique  Yokomenuchi shiho nage. This form of shiho nage is practised in response to an attack in the form of a side downward blow to the temple area (yokomenuchi).



  • Technical notes – Morito Suganuma Sensei 

In the below video Morito Suganuma Sensei (8th dan Aikikai) demonstrates and provides instruction for Yokomenuchi shiho nage.  The instruction incudes both the omote and ura applications.


  • Initial setup –  Technical notes


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

In the following video Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club gives detailed instruction on the traditional application of Yokomenuchi shiho nage (omote) as practised by the Founder of Aikido in the immediate post-war period.  


  • Omote application (2) – Technical notes – Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei


  • Ura application – technical notes – Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei



  • Alternate application (1) – Christian Tissier Sensei

In the below video Christian Tissier Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) demonstrates an alternate application of shiho nage yokomenuchi where the nage directly enters to respond to the attack.


  • Alternate application (2) – Aikido Yushinkai

In the below video, Peter Kelly Sensei, Aikido Yuishinkai, demonstrates and provides instruction for an alternate application of yokomenuchi shiho nage.  The video was recorded at a mini seminar at our Dojo in 2015.


Have a great weekend.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Training notes: Munadori juji nage

In the below video, Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) demonstrates 2 versions of the Aikido technique juji nage  (crossed arms throw) in response to a front lapel  grab (munedori).



  • Hand position (standard version)



  • Munadori juji nage – London Aikido Club

In the below video Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club demonstrates and discusses important aiki training points for Munadori juji nage, including use of the hips, shifting weight, breaking the munadori grip and atemi opportunities.


  • Munadori juji nage – kokyu ho variation

In this second video by the London Aikido Club, Sensei Andy Hathaway teaches a  variation of  Munadori juji nage based on traditional kokyu ho principles for dealing with munadori attacks.


  • Munadori juji nage – Suwari waza

In the below munadori juji nage is demonstrated with both the nage and uke facing each other while on their knees.  This is referred to a zagi waza or suwari waza, depending on the Aikido style.


The kneeling version of  munedori juji nage has a long history in Aikido.  It dates back to the 1930’s and is included in both of O’Sensei’s technical manuals from that period.

In O’sensei’s 1938 demonstration the uke is pinned with one hand thereby allowing O’Sensei the option of applying an additional atemi to the uke‘s torso.  It also places the nage in the more advantageous position to deal with additional attackers if need be.

Jujinage 1Juji nage 2Juji nage 3




Have a great week

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo


Training Notes: Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi

kotegeashi is an outward wrist turn and traditionally is broadly categorised in Aikido as a kaiten (open and turn) technique.

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei demonstrates how kotegaeshi may be applied in circumstances where the uke has pinned the nage’s hands behind their back.

Depending on the Aikido style, the technique is referred to as Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi or Ushiro tekubidori kotegaeshi .



  • How to release the grip – Pictorial illustration


  • Additional details 

In the below video, Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club explores the Aiki principles underpinning Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi .  Hathaway Sensei emphasises the importance of getting off-line and the use of balance breaking principles to effectively execute the technique. These principles are particularly important where the uke has a strong grip on the wrists.


  • Ki aikido approach

In the below video, Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei demonstrates how ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi  is practised in  Aikido Yuishinkai.  The method of practice is typical of that found in many ki aikido schools inspired by the teachings of Koichi Tohei Sensei.


Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Training notes: Tsuki hiji nage

In the below video, S Crane Sensei demonstrates and provides instruction for the Aikido technique hiji nage (elbow throw).  The technique is demonstrated in the context of strike to the nage’s torso (referred to as tsuki or mune tsuki).

The hiji nage techniques are sometimes classified as kokyu nage (breath throws) or juji nage (crossed arm throws) techniques depending on the school.



  • Tsuki hiji nage – Technical aspects 

In the below video Sensei Andy Hathaway provides instruction on important technical aspects of Tsuki hiji nage as practised at the London Aikido Club.  For more excellent technical videos by the London Aikido Club, see their channel on You Tube.


  • Alternate application

Peter Kelly Sensei demonstrates an alternate application of the technique as practised in Aikido Yuishinkai Tasmania.  The video was recorded at a class kindly given by Peter Sensei at our dojo on 12 August 2015.   


  • Other hiji waza


All the best

Ian Grant 
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Fudoshin Dojo, Brisbane


Training notes: Ai hanmi katate dori ikkyo

oSensei06Opposite side one-hand hold wrist grabs are typically one of the first basic attacks that a new student to Aikido is trained to address.  Although arguably not a particularly martial or common contemporary attack form, learning to neutralise and redirect an attack of this kind can nonetheless be surprisingly challenging both at static and free-flowing level.

Training to deal with wrist grabs is particularly useful for learning and reinforcing many of the basic principles that underpin our Art.  The less aggressive nature of the attack (compared to say a strike) allows the nage (i.e. the receiver of the attack) to more readily focus on such things as correct footwork, moving around the point of contact, basic balance breaking principles, correct posture and movement, maintaining centre and getting off-line.

Cross hand wrist grabs in Aikido practice are referred to as Ai hanmi katate doriKosadori or Katate kosa dori.  The name used depends on the school and some use the terms interchangeably.  Generally speaking, ki aikido schools tend to use the term Katate kosa dori. 

In the below video, Mike Jones Sensei (New York Aikikai) demonstrates and provides instruction on the 2 basic forms (omote and ura) of the Aikido technique ikkyo when applied in response to a static cross hand grab. Further detail on how to apply the technique is provided in the Additional Notes section below.



  • Kosadori ikkyo omote (Basic) – Morihiro Saito Sensei 

See below a photo demonstration (including description) and accompanying video by Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) of the key elements that make up the basic form of Kosadori ikkyo omote. 


*Source: “Morihori Saito’s Complete Guide to Aikido” (2015)

  • Kosadori ikkyo omote (Basic) – London Aikido Club 

The below video provides important training tips by Sensei Andy Hathaway (London Aikido Club) for performing Ai hanmi katate dori/ kosadori ikkyo (omote).


  • Kosadori ikkyo (ki no nagare) – Aikido Warrior Fudoshin Dojo

In the below video seniors from our dojo demonstrate the way we typically practise kosadori ikkyo at ki no nagare (free flowing) level. Notably, the application incorporates a direct entry movement combined with an atemi intent (i.e. an elbow strike) to break the balance of the uke.   As demonstrated in the video, this method of application is more easily learnt by first practising it from shomenuchi ikkyo.


  • Ai hamni katate dori/kosadori ikkyo (ura) – London Aikido Club

The below videos provides important training tips by Sensei Andy Hathaway (London Aikido Club) for performing the traditional version ura version of Ai hamni katate dori/kosadori ikkyo.


Have a great week

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane