Training Notes: Yokomenuchi kaiten nage

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei demonstrates the Aikido technique Yokomenuchi kaiten nage.



  • Technical details – London Aikido Club

In the below video produced by the London Aikido Club, Andy Hathaway Sensei provides detailed instruction for  Yokomenuchi kaiten nage.  For more technical videos from London Aikido Club see the dojo’s channel on You Tube.


  • Alternate application (including pin) 

In the following video, an alternate application of Yokomenuchi kaiten nage is demonstrated and discussed.  Notably this application results in the uke being pinned rather than projected.


  • Kokyu principles

In the following video, Morihiro Saito Sensei explains the kokyu principles that underpin the entry for a wide variety of yokomenuchi (side strike to the temple) related Aikido techniques, including Yokomenuchi  kaiten nage.


  • Ukemi

In the below video Andy Hathaway Sensei discusses and demonstrates the importance of the uke blocking the nage’s incoming knee strike.  The subject knee strike forms an integral part of the technique. An unprepared uke can inadvertently be injured if they do not respond appropriately.


Ian Grant
Dojo Cho
Aikido Warrior Dojo