A brief video guide on making kote-gaeshi work for you

Kote-gaeshi is one of those techniques that I have been trying to understand properly for many years. We have in fact covered this technique in particular in two previous posts and since then my thoughts on the matter have changed a little:

Thoughts on kote-gaeshi
The Entry to Kote-gaeshi from tsuki

The following video that I filmed yesterday illustrates the few elements that I feel are needed to make kote-gaeshi work for you. Thanks to Billy who lent his body to be uke in this video (I know it’s painful!).

Upgrading to be held on the 27 April 2013


An old upgrading picture of the Gan siblings :D

Our next upgrading shall be held in a month’s time on the 27 April 2013. If you are interested to upgrade, please contact an Instructor and let us know. We will also give an indication if we think you are ready or not though you are free to of course still sit for the exam.

Train hard in the next month or so!

In the exam we are looking for the following:

Lower Grades (5th kyu to 3rd kyu)

  1. Technical knowledge of the techniques and movements and good familarity with the basic pins and throws.
  2. Good kamae (stance)
  3. Safe ukemi / falling techniques
  4. Consistent attendance
  5. Good attitude in training

Higher Grades (2nd kyu onwards)

  1. We assume technical knowledge already and are looking more for whether the student understands the mechanism of the technique.
  2. Smooth flow/fluidity of technique with minimal use of strength.
  3. Usage of timing and blending techniques.
  4. Ability to take hard falls/fliips safely.
  5. Good ‘randori’ with the ability to use techniques as the situation arises
  6. Zanshin (remaining aware and maintaining posture after completing technique)
  7. Ability to lead juniors and serve as role models.

The higher grade tests are much more serious as these are potential black belts and therefore held to a much higher standard.

Learning from Aikido’s Precursor, Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu

O-Sensei derived Aikido mainly from the Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu which he learned from Takeda Sokaku.

Daito-ryu is characterized by ‘early neutralization of attack’ which is basically off balancing from the point of contact, a key element that is ever present in Aikido. The techniques in Aikido all have clear roots in Daito-ryu’s as can be demonstrated in the video below:

The principles are very similar and are directly applicable to Aikido as well though Daito-Ryu’s techniques are not limited to being peaceful hence the ‘harder’ style and is closer to its martial roots. It is hoped that looking through these videos, you learn the principles of the originating techniques to better understand the mechanisms of the Aikido techniques which have been modified to be less about pain but more about throwing the person off balance without too much reliance on pain.