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BC 09-21-2000 02:57 PM

Many of us feel that aikido isn't viewed by non-practitioners as being as interesting or beautiful to watch as say tai chi, wu shu, aiido, etc. But those of us who do practice aikido know differently, right?

So, with that in mind, what do you believe is the most aesthetically beautiful aikido technique to watch? I'm not thinking stricly in terms of nage, but also the technique in consideration of both nage and uke, and the "interplay" between them.

One of my favorites is iriminage with uke executing a breakfall at the end instead of an ushiro ukemi, and with a nice zanshin by uke. Ahhhh...nothing quite like it! ;)


lt-rentaroo 09-21-2000 03:49 PM


I believe the different variations (munetsuki, katatetori) of kaitenage are aesthetically pleasing to observe. I agree with the iriminage as well. Actually, I think many Aikido techniques are very interesting to watch. If uke and nage work together (as they should), then all Aikido technique is beautiful to watch. That's my opinion at least.

"shuchu roku" - Focus all your energy to one point

- Louis

marcus 09-21-2000 03:51 PM

I think a well performed kotegaeshi (ura) is extremely beautiful. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have a feeling that it is often considered a bit simple and sort of brutal, but I don't agree with that at all. I think it's very dynamic and the michibiki moment in the ura is great. And as you said BC, a gracefully executed breakfall in the end adds that little extra...


akiy 09-21-2000 04:21 PM

I prefer to see a spontaneous technique borne out of something like jiyuwaza, one which neither uke nor nage had planned on doing but happens quite naturally.

-- Jun

PS: "Roku" means "six." "Ryoku" means "power."

[Edited by akiy on September 21, 2000 at 04:23pm]

Chuck Clark 09-21-2000 11:29 PM


akiy wrote:
I prefer to see a spontaneous technique borne out of something like jiyuwaza, one which neither uke nor nage had planned on doing but happens quite naturally.

-- Jun

I agree with Jun. Breathtaking stuff!

chillzATL 09-22-2000 06:50 AM

anything very dynamic really. When you see nage throw uke and there is little force or contact but uke really goes flying. Some of my favorite examples of this that I have witnessed are irimi-nage, kata-otoshi and various kokyu-nage. You can just tell by the look on ukes face that they aren't really sure what happened, great stuff.

lt-rentaroo 09-22-2000 08:13 AM


Thank you for the observation. I understand that "roku" means six and that "ryoku" means power, however the statement was a quote made by sensei Gozo Shioda, the founder of the Yoshinkan style of Aikido. The quote was found on the Chudokan Aikido dojo website located at Please excuse this post for not focusing on the original question, my desire was to explain why I quoted what I read, not what I understood. Again, thank you for the observation.


AndrewS 09-22-2000 09:44 AM

To watch a beginner, for the first time, execute a clean, well-balanced technique of any flavour is a marvel to behold.

However my particular favourite is multiple attack scenarios. To see a high grade execute techniques one after the other; flowing one technique into another is quite breath taking.

BC 09-22-2000 09:58 AM

OK Jun, now you've made me change my mind. You just reminded me of a throw one of my sempai did recently during jiyuwaza - he did one of the coolest kokyunage's I have ever seen. Uke went flying, landed like a feather, with a look of wonder on his face, and nage's zanshin looked like he was about to start doing a Mexican Hat Dance.


chrisinbrasil 09-27-2000 03:19 PM

Iīve always enjoyed the beauty of transitions. First apply kotegaeshi, uke lands and rolls out to escape and stand up. Still holding uke, a nikkyo is applied lowering uke to the ground. From nikkyo move into sankyo and a forward throw. Simple, fluent, and extremely impressive. 1...2...3...throw!
I wish I could demonstrate since I didnīt quite paint the picture but oh well.
At your service,

Axiom 09-28-2000 06:23 AM

I think that one of the most amazing to watch is a perfectly flowing sankyo- nothing flashy, but if done correctly(ie, by someone much more highly ranked than myself) it is a single complete movement that doesn't stop until the pin. I suppose the same could be said for the other --kyo techniques, but I like the circular movements of sankyo.

Yozzer 09-28-2000 08:21 AM

So many techniques to choose from. One that springs to mind as a personal favourite is something simple and flowing, for preference performed by higher ranked students. This being tenkan sumiotoshi from tsuki or shomen, with good attacks and smooth breakfalls.

Just an afterthought, I think that hakama improve the visual impact of all such flowing techniques.


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