Training notes: Ryotedori kokyu ho

In the below video produced by Aikido Alive London Dojo, instruction is given for differing versions of the Aikido exercise Ryotedori kokyu ho.

The practice of kokyu exercises (Kokyu ho) and their applications (Kokyu nage) play an important role in developing relaxed power for Aikido techniques.  They are practised at every class in our dojo.

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  • Basic static application – Kihon

In the following video, the basic static application of Ryotedori kokyu nage is demonstrated by Morihiro Saito Sensei



  • Technical instruction – Kihon level

In the following video, Morihiro Saito Sensei provides instruction on the kihon (basic application) of Ryotedori kokyu ho. Depending on the school, the application is taught as as a throw (as opposed to an exercise) and is referred to as Ryotedori kokyu nage.


  • Alternate application – London Aikido Club – Andy Hathaway Sensei