Wednesday, July 19, 2006


All aikido techniques have a backup technique or motion. Many of the techniques in kata are explicitly paired with another technique because one technique will serve as a backup in case the other fails. For instance, in junana, gedanate is the backup technique for gyakugamae .
Ushiroate, however, is a different sort of thing. It is actually a very robust, general-purpose backup to most of the techniques in junana. It tends to happen when uke is falling on tori or pressuring tori or resisting another technique.
Because of the general utility of ushiro as a failsafe in aikido, it could almost be considered a principle of aikido instead of technique - just like I wrote earlier about shomenate. In fact, there seems to be an analogous relationship between shomenate and ushiroate similar to the irimi/tenkan omote/ura relationships in aikikai aikido.
Ushiro often feels to tori like swinging around a pole and if tori continues this rotation then the pull becomes a chest push as a separation. So, shomenate (on the chest) is the backup technique for ushiroate.

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