“Shihonage: Show vs. Realism” by Stanley Pranin

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Matthew Dykeman Hampton Falls Morihei Ueshiba demonstrating a perfectly executed shihonage from his 1938 training manual Budo Shihonage is known as aikido’s “four-corner throw”. It involves twisting a partner’s wrist, a rapid pivot resulting in a powerful control of his wrist, followed by a throw. Shihonage performed in practice with a single hand controlling the […]

Closing up the loose ends: “More on Aikido’s Shomenuchi Dilemma” by Stanley Pranin

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Matthew Dykeman Hampton Falls Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba has overcome an overhand attack by initiating and delivering an atemi “To overcome the thesis presented here, you must explain how a motionless person can recognize an attack, devise a plan, spring into action, and overcome a high-speed attack in less than a second.” Yesterday’s blog on […]

Where do you stand? “The Kotegaeshi Challenge” by Stanley Pranin

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Matthew Dykeman Hampton Falls “Can you prevent your attacker from striking you?” Kotegaeshi, aikido’s wrist twist technique, is a special case among the art’s basic techniques. It can be seen performed in practically everything aikido demonstration, usually with the attacker taking a high fall when thrown. The technique is a crowd favorite as it appears […]