Kajo #7

Nikyo and kote gaeshi are two perfectly symmetrical rotations which imply symmetrical effects on uke as one can see of the pictures below.

Nikyo rotates uke's wrist inwards, kote gaeshi rotates it outwards. Is this the only reason why these two techniques are gathered together in the nikajo category in Tadashi Abe's book?
Yes, but not only.

Let's consider, as we have started since the beginning of these articles, the shomen uchi attack.

As explained in details in Kajo # 6 :

If nykyo omote and kote gaeshi were linked by a similar relation as ikkyo omote and shiho nage, then kote gaeshi would need to be applied in the symmetrical angle of nikyo, ie on the figure:

Is it the case?
Well yes, the direction of the throw is very clear on the two pictures below and one can check that O sensei throws uke in the symmetrical angle of nikyo omote:

Indeed that specificity should not puzzle us for it seems only natural that two perfectly symmetrical movements in terms of process show similarly symmetrical constraints in terms of geometry.

In the same way that ikkyo omote and shiho nage, opposed at 180º in the ikkajo category on the line nº1 (or the first diameter at 60º), nikyo omote and kote gaeshi, equally opposed at 180º create the nikajo category on the line nº2, or the second 60 º diameter.

Without waiting, we can add kote gaeshi on our figure:


Very interesting - as in Ikkyo and Shihonage, these two techniques are also part of the Ikajo series of Daito-ryu. I wonder if Daito-ryu people would explain this the same way? Katsuyuki Kondo tried to explain the logic of the division of the different series to me 20 years ago, but sadly, I didn't really follow it clearly.


Aikido Sangenkai

Hi Chris.

I am sorry the kajos 8 to 14 which have been published in French haven't been translated into English yet. The reason is the person in charge of the english version, who has been doing a great job until now, has just moved to a different country and he is very busy organising his new life at the moment.

I am reaching with these kajos a point that might be of some interest to you for it has to do with O Sensei's motto "Ichi rei shikon sangen hachiriki". I will demonstrate that this sentence, which can be read from a spirital background, also has a technical reading. And that this technical reading is not at all in conflict with the spiritual understanding but is of great help on the contrary to decide which reality O Sensei was trying to describe under these words.

I have visited your blog. You work is very valuable.

Best regards.

Philippe Voarino

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