Training notes: Moretodori kokyu ho ura (traditional version)

In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional version of  ryotemochi ikkyo as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life. Depending on the school of Aikido, ryotemochi (2 handed grab on one arm) attacks are sometimes referred to as morotedori.

Kokyu ho exercises are used in Aikido to assist developing internal power.  They can also be techniques in themselves or form key aspects of other techniques.  It is sometimes said that at higher levels of practice kokyu ho can be found in every technique.

Kokyu ho exercises are practised at every class in our dojo.


Brief Biography – Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002)

saito_seiza_260Morihiro 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.

Saito Sensei spent his teaching life dedicated to preserving the technical style of Aikido as practised and shown to him by O’sensei in the post-war period.  Without his commitment to preserving the Aikido of the Founder and extensive efforts to record and document his teachings, much of the Aikido of O’sensei would have no doubt been lost.  The Aikido world owes him a great debt.