Monday, April 20, 2009

Iriminage according to O'Sensei

To isolate a particular point of interest in iriminage, I would like to show you a screenshot from “Divine Techniques” where O-Sensei can be clearly shown grabbing his partner’s collar in preparation for the throw. (His partner by the way is American aikidoka Terry Dobson.) It is actually unusual to see it done this way in modern aikido. The collar grab contrasts with the way the opponent’s head is controled in most approaches to iriminage where instead the hand is hooked around to the opposite side of the opponent’s neck or ear.

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