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Kaeshi waza. All the aikido counter techniques listed and explained, with images and videos – by aikido instructor Stefan Stenudd, 7 dan Aikikai Shihan. Irimi Nage No Kaeshi Waza. Sections. Instructions to teachers · Organisation · Editorial · Columns · Principles · Saito sensei’s method · Kajo · O Sensei’s. A recent Howard Foundation Fellow in Poetry, ANDREW ZAWACKI is the author of the poetry books Videotape, Petals of Zero Petals of One.

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This type of behaviour is not limited to dou and is not just reserved for wazz. The official national representations are the guarantee of a teaching faithful to the Founder’s. Studying them allows the practitioner to understand his place in the universe. Aikido is not a sportit is a martial art which laws takemusu are in harmony with the laws of the universe.

Kaeshi waza – Counter techniques

So next time you hit an elbow, give yourself the benefit of the doubt and encourage your keiko partner to worry about your men rather than his own dou. Peace is a balance between a human being and the world around him. You make him attack and take the opportunity to destroy his technique and beat him with your own.

Aikido, a martial art or an art of peace?

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On the other hand, it is also wrong to start a counter throw as quickly as possible. In a nutshell this means we learn as much from being hit as we learn from hitting. To do this you can select from a menu of debana, suriage, kaeshi and nuki techniques. kseshi

One should not react too late. A comment on an old post on suriage men arrived yesterday. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I also think that we should practise all kendo techniques on a regular basis, whether or not they kaesi our favourites. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


The challenge for most of us though is not to understand the theory but to put it into practice. Very important for the execution of a counter technique is the speed of the opponent’s throw approach. This relates to striking before your opponent does, as he starts to strike and finally after he starts his attack. 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. Waza wo korosu — This covers the whole range of oji waza.

Ways to do this include harai, osae, uchiotoshi and maki waza. To perform a counter technique, the opponent must begin with the activities – without an attack of Uke it is not possible counterattack.

At the risk of confusing readers, one of the biggest problems we encounter in ojiwaza practice drills is in starting your counter attack before the opponent kaeehi his strike. It is worth remembering that kendo is a Zen martial art and that our objective is self-improvement through rigorous, unselfconscious training.

If the opponents supposing an opportunity now trying to do Aaza soto gari, we turn to the left, pulls back the attacked leg and throws the opponent even with O soto gari. The three techniques we practised were men-suriage-men, men-kaeshi-dou and men-kaeshi-men. A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship. There is no enemy anymore as such, but an opportunity offered to reach unified ki. Move the shinai slightly to his right and he is likely to attack your kote leaving you set up to wza kote suriage men.

I also do from time to time come into contact with shorter opponents, so it is worth keeping in reserve for these rare occasions. This decision we must always make for a respective opponents and change it during the fight scene. The key point is to control the timing of the attack by holding and breaking centre in the way described. More often than not this will make him attack your men at awza time when your energy is focussed and you are able to respond immediately with suriage men or kaeshi dou.


Reasons for regularly working on kaedhi wide repertoire of techniques are numerous.

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Aaza counterpart is the most effective response to an attack, because the actions of the opponent can be converted directly into our own victory. Articles by year Articles with videos. Everyone takes a turn as motodachi and the rest of the group are split into two smaller groups one facing him and one behind.

A professional educator friend told me never to tell people what not to do, but to accentuate the positive actions that they should be taking.

Nevertheless I am going to point out what does not work when making oji techniques: It is for example on the left leg standing, the right leg steps one ahead. Using the sansappo to order techniques in this way helps me to put them into a framework, but there are a number of other useful ways to understand kaexhi theory of timing and opportunity. Because it is a qaza we obviously know what is coming, so we are tempted to attack too early. I see many kenshi busily blocking attacks to dou, men and kote in their normal keiko wzza if the objective of their practice is not to be hit, rather than making successful strikes themselves.

The presented counter techniques are only a small selection of options within the plurality of counter-attacking, and have no right to be complete.

If we provide a counter-movement that is in proportion to the speed of the opponent’s throw approach too fast, the opponent has not yet been “put into it” in the throw and could with a relatively safe standing, prevent our counter-technique. The weapons of Kashi, aiki ken and aiki jo In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taughtif taught at all.