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Kotegaeshi Whether from Uke’s basic strong grip, strikes, punch or grabs, Nage should power themselves with Kokyu and Ki as they open their body, arriving at a strong base and keeping this energised feeling.

 Note the height of Uke’s wrist which is in line with the Obi.

  Maintain a firm grip so that Uke moves around that centre. This is a principle inherent throughout Aikido training. If Nage moves outside the centre of the technique then an advantage is handed to Uke. Note: Nage must blend early with Uke’s oncoming arm/hand so redirection to this shown point can be obtained.



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 You will often see this lowered hand position from all levels of Aikidoka, students and teachers alike. It will be more apparent the faster the attack. Perhaps it is body memory from earlier stages of training or caused by panic! Over the years with no correction it will become a body memory that creates a weakness in the technique. To avoid this ask your Uke to slow down the attack until you can repeat and control the action correctly so it never drops below the Obi point.

Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido  

A selection of pages from "Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido" by Tony Sargeant

Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido  

A selection of pages from "Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido" by Tony Sargeant

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