Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stepping aside into udegaeshi

Aiki with Kel
  • ROM, ukemi
  • tegetana with emphasis on how shifting how you think about the rhythm of the exercise changes what you get from the exercise.
  • hanasu with emphasis on the flow: R1↔R2↔R6. R1 (or R3) is sort of a prelude to all of the releases, with R6 (or R8) being a little curlycue on the end that is sometimes required to make the release work (almost an afterthought). So R1↔R2↔R6 and R3↔R4↔R8 make great flow exercises that seem to work on a lot of of the types of motions that occur in aikido. We also got to play with ushiroate and aikinage in the context of R1↔R2↔R6.
  • shomenate and aigamaeate with emphasis on moving offline using the cowcatcher.
  • oshitaoshi and udegaeshi with emphasis on stepping aside when you meet resistance. There is a lot going on in udegaeshi...


  1. That piece about udegaeshi reminds me of a trick Dr. Usher showed me once, that he himself had gleaned off Sir Henry Copeland.

    The trick was instead of trying to push uke's hand over his head for the back-lock, you can relax the arm and turn into uke, lowering the locked arm and flipping uke mercilessly.

    I think I'm thinking of the same thing you are describing, but my technical jargon and description is certainly lacking clarity.

    Just came to me-- the latter variation of udegaeshi is remarkably similar to the tenkai kote gaeshi that Henry enjoys using-- where tori just slides down and out from under uke's arm and locking the gaeshi with uke's thumb.

    Interesting food for thought...

  2. On a further note-- I'm really looking forward to working with you at the upcoming Aiki Buddies Gathering. Its been far too long since you've smeared me across the mat.

    Just thought I'd share that. =)


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