Morihiro Saito: “O-Sensei joked he could do koshinage all day without getting tired!”

In this video clip, Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, explains and demonstrates important principles of Aikido’s koshinage (hip throws) techniques. Hip throws are among the more difficult techniques of aikido. They require a more advanced skill in ukemi or falling, and an appropriate training surface is necessary to make falls safe. For this and other reasons, koshinage are not practiced much nowadays in the art. Saito Sensei was a master of these hip throw techniques and almost single-handedly insured their preservation by regularly teaching them in his seminars…

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