Ushiro Ryote Dori Koshi nage

Aite grabs the second hand in nage's back. To achieve this, he needs two steps. If he does only one step, he does not control nage and can be hit by the right elbow, the right foot or the head.

Rise your right tekatana...

... in front of you ...

... and thus bring aite's right arm above your head with the feeling of pushing kokyu ho forward.

O Sensei, symmetrical view

Pushing enough is important so that aite's right arm goes beneath your left shoulder height. If aite is too high on your shoulder, he is not unbalanced and you will be crushed down by his weight when his body should roll on your lower back. End the throw using aite's forward imbalance.

At that stage, your left leg must push your body backward. You must feel that you go through aite's body, not that you carry him on your back. He must roll on your back.

You must somehow sweep aite with your body.


Hi, Sensei,
For the last position of koshi nage, I see two form in Saito Sensei's video in different period.
I wonder whether Tori should look at the Uke or turn head to another side at the end of koshi nage.

Hi again Li.

I don't know which videos of Saito Sensei you mention. They might be of different periods, it doesn't mean Saito's teaching was different.Many times in I wama Saito Sensei explained that when performing koshi nage, you are not supposed to look at uke when he is taking his fall, not at all. You are supposed to cut through uke's body with your own body and go for the next opponent arriving in your back. Koshi nage, as any aikido technique is to be used in a group attack, and if you waste time looking at uke, you will be stabbed in the back by the opponent arriving there. When Saito Sensei was teaching he was demonstrating the gentle way. When he was under pressure in a more real situation, he was doing the other way round, and the videos may have catched these different moments. But of course when you train and learn you do it with one uke only. That is where the habit of lookink at uke comes from. Another reason is that looking at uke is the way to make his breakfall more comfortable by gently backing his body to the ground, which is not possible if you just sweep across him as you are meant to do in reality.

Philippe Voarino

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