Budo: “Iriminage — Aikido’s crown jewel!”

Iriminage is a technique that Morihei began adopting in the late 1930s. It is a highly sophisticated blending technique that requires little physical strength, but that can produce very powerful throws. In the photos above, first notice how Morihei lines us his feet to match uke in aihanmi. His hips are turned to the outward. In the next photo, you can see clearly Morihei’s body positioning and grab of uke’s collar. In the final stage, Morihei pivots his hips in preparation for stepping thow. Note that uke is completely unbalanced.

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