Tachi dori shomen giri kokyu nage

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).



  • Hand position on hilt of the bokken

Bokken tori 1








  • Placement of the elbow









  • 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