Training notes: Ushiro ryotedori escapes

In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction for 3 escapes from an ushiro attack where the uke holds the nage’s wrists from behind (Ushiro ryotedori).



  • Ushiro tekubidori kokyu ho where arms are pushed up

In the below video Saito Sensei demonstrates how to  escape from a version of ushiro ryotedori where the arms are pushed straight up.


  • 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.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane