Shiho Nage (directions III and IV)

Advanced Techniques

Direction III

Direction IV

For directions III and IV, the entry is identical. Contrary to the two entries of directions I and II, tori steps in front of uke. The only way to avoid a strike or having his foot swept is to compromise uke's balance. For this, tori must rise the ken with a feeling of power and continuity.


Tori therefore just can't end up behind uke as in directions I and II. Since the rotation has been done in front of uke, his elbow is in an awkward position and he will need a forward fall.


Tori's body must disappear in order to make uke fall with a 90º angle relatively to direction II.

In order to allow a better visualization and understanding of angles and directions, the necessary forward fall has been artificially transformed in a back fall for directions III and IV.


Direction III : Uke is thrown towards the Joseki


Direction IV : uke is thrown towards the Shimoza.

What is Traditional Aikido?


Aikido is not a sport, it is a martial art which laws (takemusu) are in harmony with the laws of the universe. Studying them allows the practitioner to understand his place in the universe. Aikido was born in Iwama, O sensei achieved in that village the synthesis of tai jutsu, aiki ken and aiki jo.

Where to practice Traditional Aikido?


The International Takemusu Aikido Federation (ITAF) brings to the practitioner the structure he needs in order to work as close as possible to the reality O sensei MU defined. The official national representations are the guarantee of a teaching faithful to the Founder's.

The weapons of Aikido, aiki ken and aiki jo


In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taught, if taught at all. In O sensei's Aikido, on the contrary, aiki ken, aiki jo and tai jutsu are unified and form together a riai, a family of harmonious techniques stemming from one unique principle. Each techniques helps understand all the others.

Aikido, a martial art or an art of peace?


Peace is a balance between a human being and the world around him. The true martial art's goal is not to become stronger than one's opponent but to find in that opponent a way to realize harmony. There is no enemy anymore as such, but an opportunity offered to reach unified ki.

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