Irimi 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.
- 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
In 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).
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