Training notes: Ushiro ryotedori yonkyo

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the static version of  Ushiro ryotedori yonkyo as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.  The demonstration is at kihon (static) level. The set for the technique is the same as for Ushiro ryotedori ikkyo.

The technique is also sometimes referred to as Ushiro tekubidori yonkyo.



  • Ki no nagare application – London Aikido Club

In the following video Sensei Andy Hathaway of the London Aikido Club provides instruction for the ki no nagare (free flowing) application for Ushiro ryotedori yonkyo. For more excellent technical videos on Aikido applications see the dojo’s You tube channel.


  • 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 may haven been lost.

Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Fudoshin Dojo, Brisbane