Brian Kagen pick: “Mokuren Dojo: Shihonage,” by Patrick Parker

“Shihonage is the “four-directions” throw, or the “all-directions throw.” It is derived from a practice in kendo of practicing menuchi to the front, left, right, and back. With the two hands on the sword, the basic form of shihonage looks a lot like the four-directions cutting exercise. The implication of the name of the technique is that you can throw uke any direction with it or that you can throw uke with this technique whatever direction he happens to be travelling in.”

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  1. Shihonage is beautiful. I love Saito Sensei’s demonstrations of it. At a fairly early stage of my training I remember having to master the challenge of throwing in any direction. It’s still satisfying.

  2. briankag says:

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