One of the ways that we work aikido wrist releases (shichihon no kuzushi) is to divide each technique into 3 key points, or positions that you have to move through, or heuristics that you have to apply. In any case, each move has 3 pieces.
Releases 1 & 3
- Get off the line of attack and set your grabbed wrist, your front foot, and both of uke's feet on the same line.
- Turn to face uke and get both hands up between your face and his
- move with uke wherever he goes for 1-2 steps
Releases 2 & 4
- Get off the line of attack and set your grabbed wrist, your front foot, and both of uke's feet on the same line (Just as if you were doing release 1)
- turn to face uke with your hands generally between you and him.
- get behind uke, raise your hands above your head, and yell, "Praise the LORD!" Actually that last piece is optional, but it helps.
Additionally, the 3-step releases provide a good framework for talking to noobs about where there is a problem - for instance, "In step 1 try to get more on line with his feet," or "In step 3 try to get more behind him."
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