This is the 19th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.
Hidari Nagare Gaeshi Uchi
In this article we examine Hidari Nagare Gaeshi Uchi, which is the 19th of the Aiki Jo Suburi, and 1st in the series known as the Nagare No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. In summary, Hidari Nagare Gaeshi Uchi is a combination techniques: it begins with Shomen Uchi Komi, followed by a left-oriented pivot into an overhead block and strike combination derived from Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi. Its purpose is to highlight for the student the possibility of combining multiple suburi into meaningful combinations of offensive and defensive movements with multiple ukes, in this case simply by virtue of introducing a basic grip change to transition between the basic techniques. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 3 major sections:
- Shomen Uchi Komi
- Pivot and Block