Kaeshi waza. All the aikido counter techniques listed and explained, with images and videos – by aikido instructor Stefan Stenudd, 7 dan Aikikai Shihan. Irimi Nage No Kaeshi Waza. Sections. Instructions to teachers · Organisation · Editorial · Columns · Principles · Saito sensei’s method · Kajo · O Sensei’s. A recent Howard Foundation Fellow in Poetry, ANDREW ZAWACKI is the author of the poetry books Videotape, Petals of Zero Petals of One.

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Motodachi faces each in turn, turning kafshi group to group and makes the appropriate oji technique, remembering to invite the attack in his or her own timing.

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Nevertheless I am going to point out what does not work when making oji techniques: Kaeshi -men however is a challenge, because taller opponents will often have their hands in a higher position than mine, so that when I try to return the men strike I hit their shinai rather than an open men.

User account User login User logout. The concept of Sen, Sen no Kaesh and Go no sen is equally effective. Using the sansappo to order techniques in this way helps me to put them into a framework, but there are a number of other useful ways to understand the theory of timing and opportunity.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I also think that we should practise all kendo techniques on a regular basis, whether or not they are our favourites.

If we provide a counter-movement that is in proportion to the speed of the opponent’s throw approach too fast, the opponent has not yet been “put into it” in the throw and could with a relatively safe standing, prevent our counter-technique. What is Traditional Aikido?

In this case the Shikai or four sicknesses of surprise, fear, doubt and confusion kyo, ku, gi, waku can be exploited as attacking opportunities.


A professional laeshi friend told me never to tell people what not to do, but to accentuate the positive actions that they should be taking. More often than not this will make him attack your men at a time when your energy is focussed and you are able to respond immediately with suriage men or kaeshi dou. In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taughtif taught at all.

Occasionally fighters take even a seemingly careless, a particular opposing throw approach provocative pose challenge feint to the opponent when he tackles and groping as it were in the case to throw a counter technique: To perform a counter technique, the opponent must begin with the activities – without an attack of Uke it is not possible counterattack.

This decision we must always make for a respective opponents and change it during the fight scene. One effective way is maeshi practice oji waza was taught by Chiba sensei. Ken wo korosu — You break his kamae by moving his shinai with your own. Reasons for regularly working on a wide repertoire of techniques are numerous.

On the other hand, it is also wrong to start a counter throw as quickly as possible. Articles by year Articles with videos. Irimi Nage No Kaeshi Waza. It is for example on the left leg standing, the right leg steps one ahead. The counterpart is the most effective response to an attack, because the actions of the opponent can be converted directly into our own victory.

You make him attack and take the opportunity to destroy his technique and beat him with your own. You have to practice counter techniques as good as attack techniques.

Kaeshi waza – Counter techniques

Waza wo korosu — This covers the whole range of oji waza. Effectively you sweep, push, knock down or twist his shinai away from his centre, leaving the door open for your attack. To do this you can select from a menu of debana, suriage, kaeshi and nuki techniques. Aikido is not a sportit is a martial art which laws takemusu are in harmony with the laws of the universe. Our normal reaction is to blame ourselves for hitting off target, but in many cases it is our opponent who is at fault for pulling his elbows down to his side to avoid being hit.


This last point applies equally to drills and to jigeiko and shiai. Ways to do this include harai, osae, uchiotoshi and maki waza. The class forms groups of between five and nine.

This is rather like an archer being unable to shoot an arrow because he is afraid of the bow string hitting his hand. The key point is to control the timing of kaeeshi attack by holding and breaking centre in the way described.

Aikido Techniques

Move the shinai slightly to his right and he is likely to attack your kote leaving you set up to make kote suriage men. The weapons of Aikido, aiki ken and aiki jo In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taughtif taught at all.

Everyone takes a turn as motodachi and keashi rest of the group are split into two smaller groups one facing him and one behind. I also do from time wazx time come into contact with shorter opponents, so it is worth keeping in reserve for these rare occasions. Studying them allows the practitioner to understand his place in the universe. Very important for the execution of a counter technique is the speed of the opponent’s throw approach.