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Dario Rosati
10-30-2003, 11:05 AM
Hi all!

Preamble: I'm a beginner so i'm continuosly looking around to seek info about aikido language/terms.

Just a humble question: I saw on this forum that everyone call the guy that does the technique "nage".

I was happy about the discovery and tried to use the term from the day after, but unlike "uke", I've found that this term seems completely unknown here in Italy Aikikai's dojos :eek:
After the clarification, everyone (senseis included) just said "Ah, you meant TORI !"

Can anyone please clarify this for me? :confused:


Nick Simpson
10-30-2003, 12:12 PM
Just be thankful that you didnt call anyone "Shite" after the Yoshinkan fashion :p

10-30-2003, 01:50 PM

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search tori

the person executing a technique. Opposite of UKE.

search nage

Throw; projection. May also refer to the person throwing. Opposite of UKEMI.

nage is perhaps common slang. I use it as a synonym for tori, but would defer to a native Nipponese speaker if it is improper to do so.

Chuck Clark
10-30-2003, 02:58 PM
Common usage in aikido practice:

Uke = receiver, person that receives the technique in kata

Tori = taker, person that "takes" the sente (initiative or lead) and makes a technique

Nage = thrower, person that throws

Shite = person that performs a technique

aite = opponent

10-30-2003, 08:36 PM
Just wanted to clarify the pronunciation:


I would hate for some poor beginner to ask his/her sensei for help as [well, nevermind].

Dario Rosati
10-31-2003, 01:52 AM
Thanks all! :)

Paula Lydon
11-16-2003, 08:48 AM
~~Thanks for the question, Dario. I'd spent years in jujitsu where we used the word tori to designate persons receiving and performing techique; then I came to Aikido and it was nage...which to me meant 'throw'. Quite confusing. I just figured different planet, different language :)