Video: Have you ever seen this nikyo before? It hurts!

In this video, Stanley Pranin explains and demonstrates a very unusual katatedori nikyo oyowaza that you have probably not seen before. Pranin is the founder of Aikido Journal and will be conducting a joint seminar with Pat Hendricks Sensei of Aikido of San Leandro, one of the highest ranking female aikido instructors in the world, in Las Vegas, March 9-10, 2013.

Click here to view the video of this unique nikyo technique


  1. Nice Nikyo Sensei! You say that unbalancing is the key to the technique working and then it’s backed up by taking uke through the direction perpendicular and between their feet and applying force up to get them onto heels (exploting the base and toppling ?). Do I have this right ?

  2. From my point o view that is a Ikkyo, like the pressure we do when the tecnique is finished.

    • Francis Takahashi says:

      Ikkyo, also called ikkajo in the early years, is the Basic Platform for a series of ude osae techniques.

      Ikkyo, or Dai Ikkyo then, is the platform for a series of 5 techniques, followed by Nikyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo, and Gokyo, which have other names as well.

      Pranin Sensei appears to be performing a version of Nikyo, or Kote Mawashii , on his uke. Aikikai versions usually employ both hands to control the uke’s arm by grasping both the elbow AND the wrist.

      The serious and humble student of Aikido should be open minded to all valid versions.

      • For this particular nikyo, I am using two hands. This was a photo taken during an explanation where I have removed one hand while making a point. A video accompanies the photo which shows the complete application along with my explanations.

        • I saw the video and my point of view was about it. In the nikyos techniques the ki flows circularly from the pulse/elbow/shoulder until the center of the uke. When you apply the technique in the point you are refering to, the ki’s flux goes in another direction. Depending the part of the uke’s finger that you are applying the pressure, it hurts a lot. Congratulations for your great job with Aikido Journal. Best regards.

          • I certainly have long applauded the efforts of Pranin Sensei in his stellar work of ongoing research and verification of correct aikido history and relevance.

            I can now also applaud his personal involvement in exploring first hand the training regimen, philosophy and discoveries of his declared mentor, the late Morihiro Saito Shihan. There can be no doubt as to the significance and value of Saito Sensei’s influence, example and devotion to his teacher, Morihei Ueshiba.

            Having had the privilege of attending his October seminar, I was honored to observe and interact with amazing students of Aikido from several perspectives. Yet, we were all enthralled and delighted to have Pranin Sensei take the lead that weekend, and were richly rewarded.

            Hope that others will take advantage of future venues offered by Pranin Sensei, and share in the potential that we all can contribute to and share.

          • I blush… :)

  3. Without doubt, your stellar work is dignified of many applauses. Congratulations!

  4. Stanley,
    When applying that technique Nage has to make sure that Uke’s hand is near Nage’s sternum so that Uke’s arm cannot bend. Otherwise, Uke can hit Nage. I have been teaching this in my dojos and law enforcement academies since 1994. In that time, I have only had one person not feel it. But with him, I went right to Sankyo and that worked just fine. There are several videos up of this on YouTube.
    In Aiki, Alex

  5. Flyinrock says:

    As a student of Sensei Robert Tann in the late 50’s while I was a drill instructor with the USMC, we were taught a similar technique and the emphasis was always on an “S” curve with the fingers going in an arc back towards center. There was not a great emphasis on atemi then, and a great emphasis on Ki. Tann Sensei was great and as a Marine, we shared a common goal and martial spirit. I got to visit with him in later years before he died in South San Francisco.
    I have showed this technique to many and they seemed surprised at how effective it is. As one respondent said, back then it was called nikajo. I felt a nikajo applied by Koichi Tohei in about 1960-61 and my fingers tingled for two weeks. Yet, properly applied it appears to take very little pressure. The same can be said for many of the wrist locks and ikkajo pins. Proper direction is the key.

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