Beyond the method #5

Kata dori men uchi shiho nage

Vidéo # 5 : explanation of the use of hips

Beware : uke does not strike men uchi, tori must strike at the exact moment when uke grabs his shoulder.

The only way for tori to deliver an aiki power (a power born from a rotation of the hips) consists in executing that strike the way the video demonstrates it. If tori strikes with a backhand, in an uraken fashion, he can't use a true hip rotation so he necessarily uses his shoulder strenght and remains in the line of attack... his action is weak, predictable, and more importantly it can't allow uke an exit, at the same moment, from that dangerous position.

In the first moment, the forward hip (corrresponding to the grabbed shoudler) is leading the action (irimi) in the circular uppercut strike and the back hip is tenkan (rotating backward).

In a second moment, after having absorbed uke's energy, the back hip now leads, being the irimi hip (rotating forward). From that moment onward, it leads until the end of the movement, until uke is thrown on the ground. This point is fundamental, there is no other hip inversion: with kata dori men uchi shiho nage, from the beginning to the end, there is only one hip inversion.

Philippe Voarino, juin 2015

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