Training notes: Ushiro ryotedori sankyo

Ushirodori sankyo is an Aikido application that that has a large number of variations and applications.

In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on 3(kohan) applications of ushiro tekubidori sankyo as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.  The applications are demonstrated under static conditions using kokyu ho movements to take balance and set up each technique.

In the Additional Notes section below other applications are explored.



  • Basic application – London Aikido Club


  • Christian Tissier Sensei – Aikikai syllabus demonstration


  • Ushiro ryotedori sankyo henka – Morihiro Saito Sensei


  • Ushiro ryotedori sankyo ura (henka) – London Aikido Club


  • 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.