“Shihonage: Aikido’s four-corner throw that most get wrong!”

When I first began studying aikido under Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, one of the things I most clearly remember was Saito Sensei’s insistence on a very important detail of shihonage. I had always felt uncomfortable with this technique, especially the part where one steps in front of uke to raise the hand above his head and pivot. Often, uke would pull his arm back to his body to “jam” my shihonage. I did the same thing to stop nage sometimes when I felt my balance had not been taken. I never liked the technique and found it ineffective.

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