“The completion of the throw involves nage “allowing”
uke to stand back up only to be thrown down again.”
I have seen the iriminage throw executed this way for most of my aikido career. Using a shomenuchi attack as an example, nage meets uke’s arm and leads him around circularly applying pressure to his neck lowering uke’s body to the position shown in the photo or even lower. The completion of the throw involves nage “allowing” uke to stand back up only to be thrown down again. From there, the ukemi is usually a high fall. This particular iriminage is commonly seen at demonstrations, especially within the Aikikai system.
A few observations and questions:
- Nage is controlling uke with one hand.
- Uke must be very skilled and have a fair measure of control over his body to be able to take the fall.
- Is there any potential for uke to counter using his left hand, for example, by attacking nage’s rear knee or foot?
- Why does nage allow uke to come back to an upright position before downing him a second time?
- Is this technique martially sound?
- Added questions: Did Founder Morihei Ueshiba perform iriminage this way in the prewar or postwar eras?
- Who popularized this type of iriminage throw and during what time frame?
Your thoughts, please!