High-level, sophisticated Aikido! “True Aikido happens in an instant!”

Welcome and thanks for joining us as we continue to explore the aikido of Michio Hikitsuchi, 10th dan, through his “Essential Teachings of Aikido” course.

In today’s video clip, Hikitsuchi Sensei states that “true Aikido happens in an instant” and that “the issue is decided the moment the opponent thinks to attack”. He illustrates what he means using kotegaeshi, aikido’s wrist-turn throw, as the example. I think it likely that most aikido practitioners will be encountering this concept for the first time. Let’s have a look at Hikitsuchi Sensei’s demonstration.

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