In most instances, to successfully apply aikido responses to an attack in the form of a 2 handed grab on a single arm (morotedori), an understanding of the aikido concepts of hanmi and kokyu ho is required. This is particularly so with an ikkyo application.
The concepts of hanmi and kokyo ho as they apply to morotedori are discussed in more detail in the “Additional Notes” below.
In the following video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) demonstrates the omote and ura forms of moretedori ikkyo (omote and ura) at basic (kihon) and free flowing levels (ki no nagare).
- Technical details
In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides detailed instruction on the technical aspects of the technique (omote and ura). The instruction commences with the concept of kokyu ho as this is critical to an understanding of the technique.
- Technical details – Ki no nagare application
In the below video Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club provides instruction on key technical aspects of the ki no nagare application for Morotedori ikkyo. For other insightful technical videos from the London Aikido Club see there You tube channel.
In the following video, Saito Sensei explains in more detail the hanmi change that is applicable to the technique. The hanmi change is the same as that applicable to the applicable kokyu ho exercise.
- Sinking to overcome resistance
In the below video Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club explains how to use sinking and ground path principles to overcome resistance sticking points in Ikkyo applications. For other insightful technical videos from the London Aikido Club see there You tube channel.
- Pictorial explanation – Morotedori ikkyo (omote) – Kihon level
- Brief Biography – Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002)
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.
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.