Thursday, February 14, 2008

A helpful handful: 5 ways to improve your aikinage

This is really the thing that aikikai guys call iriminage. Here are a handful of things that I've played with on this technique.
  • This technique contains two tenkan motions and sorta describes a yin-yang shape on the floor. Either of the tenkan motions might cause uke to fall. In fact, in aiki demos you often tori throw uke facefirst into the ground and uke pops back up as tori switches directions and clobbers uke.
  • Think of the hook around the head as a feeler instead of an end-effector. If you pull hard with the head-hand then you can spoil the technique and give uke stability.
  • Try throwing with a tenkan motion back into the front of uke's hips instead of a clothesline.
  • Try throwing with a palm to the face, like aigamaeate. This is a much better small-tori technique than the clothesline.
  • This can be thrown as a hip throw.


  1. Thanks for the well wishes! I've been reading your blog for a while now. I had no idea you had come across mine! :)


  2. A variation I really enjoyed back in the day - I don't remember what it was called (in Yoshinkai) but you pivot back with one foot to take uke's balance (like you normally would), then pivot back with the other foot to effect the throw (instead of stepping in).


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