Quotable quotes from Morihiro Saito’s “Takemusu Aikido: Background & Basics”


“O-Sensei taught tai no henko, morotedori kokyuho,
and suwariwaza kokyuho in every practice!”

“Daily practice begins with tai no henko. First, open your fingers. The basis of ura movements is footwork.”

“If you look at your partner even slightly, his body will separate from you and there will be too much space between you.”

“In ura techniques, parry the strike from the gyaku hanmi position. In this way, you will be able to execute a rapid and effective technique.”

“You must use an escape to free one of your hands in order to do the technique. One way to free your hand naturally is to open your fingers and turn your body strongly inward to unbalance your partner.”

“O-Sensei said: ‘After breaking your partner’s balance, step in with your left foot with the feeling of knocking your opponent over and draw your right foot up behind your left.’”

“… as stated in ‘Budo’, “When pinning your opponent to the ground it is essential that his arm be at a right angle to his body'”

“Bring him down with a feeling of circular pushing and turning. O-Sensei said: “Don’t merely twist your partner’s arm.’”

“The method of parrying a yokomenuchi attack is described in the section on yokomenuchi training in ‘Budo’, “Invite your opponent’s yokomen strike with your ki. Advance with your right foot while striking the left side of your opponent’s head with your right tegatana.'”

“In shomenuchi ikkyo omote, the person throwing initiates the technique.”


“You will sometimes find it impossible to grab the wrist from above if you parry it too close to the hand. Many people fail in the execution of this technique because they are careless in parrying the strike.”

“As in ikkyo omote, thrust your left foot forward in a large motion to unbalance your partner for the pin.”

“When executing omote, or entering techniques from ryotedori, begin from ai hanmi with you and your partner in the same stance with the same foot forward. Ura, or turning movements, begin from gyaku hanmi, with both of you in a stance with your opposite foot forward.”

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