In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) demonstrates the traditional versions of Katadori ikkyo (omote and ura) as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.
Morihiro Saito Sensei’s practice of Aikido spanned 56 years and he is one of the most important teachers in Aikido history. Saito Sensei was a live-in student of O’sensei for more than 20 years at his home dojo in Iwama, Japan.
- Katadori ikkyo (omote) – Takemusu Aikido, Vol 1, Saito Sensei
- Katadori ikkyo – Balance taking
In the absence of full cooperation, an aikido technique can generally only be created if the uke’s balance is first broken. Breaking a uke’s balance from a shoulder grab to sufficiently facilitate the creation of an ikkyo technique can at times be quite challenging. This is particularly so where the uke grabs the nage’s shoulder from a static position.
In the below video, Ian Grant and Jeremy Gehrke Sensei demonstrate how we typically break a uke’s balance for katadori ikkyo at our dojo. We also use the same balance taking methods for sankyo and yonkyo applications.
- Katadori – Aiki principles – Fudoshin AKI Aikido
In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei (6th Dan AKI, Aikikai) explores some of the key Aiki principles that underpin higher level practice of katadori. The principles discussed are particularly applicable to Aiki responses to a shoulder grab where there is an ikkyo intent.
Our dojo is an AKI Fudoshin Dojo operating under the guidance and mentorship of Chicko Sensei.
- Katadori ikkyo (omote) – London Aikido Club
Video of the basic version of Katadori ikkyo as practiced at the London Aikido Club. Instruction given by Sensei Andy Hathaway. A key aspect of the instruction is the use of kokyu ho principles to take the uke’s balance.
- Katadori ikkyo (ura) – London Aikido Club
Video of the basic version of Katadori ikkyo as practiced at the London Aikido Club. Instruction given by Sensei Andy Hathaway.
- London Aikido Club
For further information and instructional video on a wide range of traditional Aikdio techniques see the dojo’s outstanding You Tube channel.