yokomenuchi kokyu nage

Training notes: Yokomenuchi kokyu nage (makikomi)

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on 2 traditional versions of yokomenuchi makikomi as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.

Makikomi (“wrap around”) techniques are most commonly seen used in response to a traditional strike to the side of the head (yokomenuchi).  However, they can also be applied to a range of other attack forms.  Depending on the school,  makikomi techniques are sometimes referred to as another form of kokyu nage (“breath throw”).

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Position of hands at first contact

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  • Aikido Yuishinkai  (Version 1)

In the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, provides  instruction on the Aikido technique yokomenuchi makikomi as practised in Aikido Yuishinkai.

 

  • Aikido Yuishinkai (Version 2)

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Training notes – Yokomenuchi kokyu nage

Yokomenuchi kokyuIn the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, provides  instruction on one of the many forms of kokyu nage (breath throw) that can be used in response to a yokomenuchi attack (i.e. a circular blow to the side of the head).

Despite its simplicity of mechanical movement, Yokomenuchi kokyu nage, is a deceptively challenging technique that takes practice and understanding of applied kokyu (breath power) principles to successfully perform.  Notably, any attempt to “muscle” the technique neutralises it.

In terms of martial application, it is essential that the uke’s balance be completely taken at first contact.  Failure to do this places the nage in a precariously disadvantaged strategic position, particularly if the uke delivers a centred attack and follows through with a second strike or grapple .

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane