Training notes: Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the Aikido technique –  Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi.   The technique is performed at basic static level.



  • Ki no nagare level 

In the following video, the (free flowing) ki no nagare version of  Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi is explainedThe instruction is again by Morihiro Saito Sensei.


  • Difference between basic and ki no nagare applications

In the following video, Andy Hathaway Sensei of the London Aikido Club demonstrates and explains the key differences between the basic and ki no nagare applications of Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi.


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.