Training notes: Katadori nikyo

nilyo 2In the below video, Morito Suganuma Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) provides detailed instruction for the Aikido technique Katadori nikyo.

Suganuma Sensei was a direct student of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, and the first Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei.  In 1970, shortly after the death of the Founder, Suganuma Sensei was sent to Fukuoka by the Doshu as the Aikikai’s representative for the Kyūshū district. He is the founder of Aikido Shoheijuku Dojo, which today encompasses about 70 dojo and 4000 students.



  • Katadori nikyo omote  – “Takemusu Aikido Vol 1”, Morihiro Saito Sensei



  • 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 applicable to Aiki responses to a shoulder grab where there is a nikyo intent.

Our dojo is an AKI Fudoshin Dojo operating under the guidance and mentorship of Chicko Sensei.


  • Katadori menuchi nikyo – Yamada Sensei

In the below video Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) demonstrates and provides instruction for the Aikido technique – Katadori menuchi nikyo.  Not in this form of katadori, the shoulder grab is accompanied by an overhead strike to the temple (either intentionally or as a defensive action to an atemi response to the nage’s actions).


  • Katadori menuchi – principles

In the below video Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) demonstrates the aikido principles that apply when addressing an attack in the form of a shoulder grab combined with an attempted strike to the temple (katadori menuchi).


  • Katadori nikyo – Ki Aikido

Katadori nikyo as practised in Aikido Yushinkai.  This method of training Katadori nikyo is typical to that commonly seen in ki aikido schools.