First seen in 1935 film: “Kyoichi Inoue, 9th dan Yoshinkan Aikido, demonstrates “mysterious” throw”

Kyoichi Inoue Sensei, 9th dan, demonstrates a spectacular technique first seen in the 1935 film of Morihei Ueshiba. Gozo Shioda Sensei of Yoshinkan Aikido would show it often in his demonstrations. Inoue Sensei here explains the fine points of making this technique work effectively…

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  1. Fantastic explanation and demonstration. by Inoue Sensei. He is the embodiment of structural integrity in his posture and movement. This is the explanation of this technique as seen in the famous 1935 film done in what we would refer to as ki no nagare level in the Iwama tradition.

    But O-Sensei’s version of it in the film from 1935 really seems to be getting uke before actual contact was made – Ki Tai level! What is really fascinating is that O-Sensei’s uke is responding in exactly the same way as Inoue Sensei’s uke is: uke’s arms are being pushed back towards his shoulders thus creating the throw.

    Now the way I see it, if uke were “tanking” in this technique, it is very hard to do this movement to yourself: thrusting your own arms backwards “into” your shoulders. This is a physical movement that requires physical impetus from nage. As far as I can see on the old film, there is no contact! It looks like the proverbial “ki – blast” to me 😉

    I seem to remember seeing clips with Shioda Sensei doing this technique during randori, and if I remember correctly, he seemed to be able to do it with the same timing as O-Sensei. I am really not a strong believer in No-Touch Aikido, but these cases really look like this is what we are seeing. Go figure :-)

    In aiki,
    Ethan Weisgard

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