Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Aigamaeate, the second relationship explored in junana, is essentially a shomen attack to uke's face from outside uke's arm. Tori's parry and taisabaki places him in shikaku and tori continues to tenkan behind uke to maintain the shikaku relationship. One of the most interesting points of this technique is that if uke attempts to break the shikaku relationship by re-centering on tori then he actually forces both partners into the aigamae (Hombu folks call it something like aihamni) relationship in which this technique happens. Aigamaeate reinforces principles taught during shomenate (like the reflexive shomen when things get flaky) while providing practice in attaining and maintaining shikaku.

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