Training notes: Shomenuchi shiho nage

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) demonstrates the Aikido technique shomenuchi shiho nage.  The demonstration includes both the basic (kihon) and free flowing (ki no nagare) levels of the technique.



  • Technical details  – Morihiro Saito Sensei


  • Ura application – London Aikido Club

In the below video, Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club explains the difference between the omote and ura applications for shomenuchi shiho nage.  Other key technical points relevant to the technique are also explored.

For more excellent technical videos on Aikido generously shared by the London Aikido Club, please see their channel on You tube.


  • 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 may have been lost.