Training notes: Ai Hanmi katatedori shiho nage

ueshiba2In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei demonstrates the omoteura and henka versions of the Aikido technique Ai hanmi katatedori shiho nage.  The demonstrations are given from a static cross hand grab.  Dynamic under movement applications of the technique are practised at higher levels.

Depending on the school Ai hanmi katatedori shiho nage is also referred to as Kosadori shiho nage or Katate kosadori shiho nage.

The term “shiho nage” in Aikido means “4 corners throw”. Practise of shiho nage techniques is common to all Aikido schools.



  • “Complete Guide to Aikido” (2015) 


Source: “Complete Guide to Aikido” (2015), Morihiro Saito 

  • Ai hanmi katate dori (omote) – Technical instruction 

In the following video, Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club provides technical instruction for the tradition omote application of  Ai hanmi katate dori. The method of application closely follows that of Saito Sensei in the leading video on this page.

For other insightful videos on the technical aspects of traditional Aikido, see London Aikido Club’s You Tube channel.



  • “Complete Guide to Aikido” (2015) 



  • Ai Hanmi katatedori shiho nage (ura) – Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei

In the below video Yoshimitsu Yamada (8th Dan) provides instruction on key aspects of the ura application of  Ai Hanmi katatedori shiho nage.  Yamada Sensei focusses on rectifying common mistakes that are typically seen when students practice the technique



  • Alternate application (1) – Donovan Waite Sensei

In the below video Donovan Waite Sensei (7th Dan) provides instruction for Ai hanmi katatedori shiho nage (omote) as practised in his school located in Philadelphia, USA.

Waite Sensei’s version of Ai hanmi katatedori shiho nage is commonly practised at our dojo as it incorporates many of the core principles that underpin Aikido practice. Further, it is a particularly effective application of shiho nage (4 directions throw) due to its use of the uke’s elbow to facilitate taking of balance in the setup for the technique.

For further information on Donovan Waite Sensei and his dojo, you may wish to visit his website at the following link.

  • Alternate Application (2) – Andy Sato Sensei

In the below video, Andy Sato Sensei provides instruction for a rarely seen version of the technique which relies on the application of ushiro principles.


  • Alternate application (3) – Aikibudo version

In the below video Saito Sensei demonstrates an early version of Kosadori shiho nage as practised by the Founder of Aikido.