Morihei Ueshiba in “Budo”: “Could this be the beginning of Aikido’s Kokyu?”

This is a fascinating photo from Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 book “Budo” in which he is executing a movement that bears more than a passing resemblance to what later became known as “Kokyu power” in postwar aikido. This was a unique way of rotating his hands in unison to transmit mechanical power to uke to break his balance. Morihei’s art was always evolving, especially during the Iwama period after the war when he had ample free time to devote to his personal studies.

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