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Old 10-30-2003, 11:05 AM   #1
Dario Rosati
Dojo: Zanshin - Milan
Location: Milan
Join Date: Oct 2003
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Question Nage vs. Tori

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
After the clarification, everyone (senseis included) just said "Ah, you meant TORI !"

Can anyone please clarify this for me?


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Old 10-30-2003, 12:12 PM   #2
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
Join Date: Oct 2003
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Just be thankful that you didnt call anyone "Shite" after the Yoshinkan fashion

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 10-30-2003, 01:50 PM   #3
Dojo: formerly Windward Aikido, formerly at Keewenaw Schools of Aikido (ASU)
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bottom of page is encyclopedia

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.

"One does not find wisdom in another's words." -James D. Chye
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Old 10-30-2003, 02:58 PM   #4
Chuck Clark
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Dojo: Jiyushinkan
Location: Monroe, Washington
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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

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Old 10-30-2003, 08:36 PM   #5
Dojo: New York Aikikai; Byakkokan Dojo (Toyama Ryu Battodo)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Just wanted to clarify the pronunciation:


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

Aikido is the art of hitting an assailant with the planet.
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Old 10-31-2003, 01:52 AM   #6
Dario Rosati
Dojo: Zanshin - Milan
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Thanks all!

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Old 11-16-2003, 08:48 AM   #7
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
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~~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

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