Yokomenuchi makikomi

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”).



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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)

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