09 – Udegarame (arm entanglement throw)

Aikido Throw #9 (of 17), Randori-no-Kata

Udegarami is another counter technique. Uke resists being dragged down, so you step in and lock his elbow. He is forced to roll away for safety.
Udegarami is another counter technique. Uke resists being dragged down, so you step in and lock his elbow. He is forced to roll away for safety.

Udegarame is the first aikido throw of the basic 17 where Uke gets to do a forward roll (rolling breakfall). Some styles call this Aikido technique Udehineri.

When done right Udegarame looks pretty spectacular. So both you and your training partner need to have good rolling breakfalls before you try to do this Aikido throw on each other.

This is how you do the Udegarame (or Ude-Hineri) Aikido technique.

Udegarame begins as Aikido technique number 8, Hikitaoshi (the aikido pull-down)… Only this time Uke resists by pulling his arm back.

  • Tori catches Uke’s right wrist from the outside, with the left-handed baseball-bat grip (left hand palm up, right hand palm-down).
  • As Tori twists Uke’s arm in a big clockwise circle and tries to pull Uke forward for Hikitaoshi… but Uke stands firm and pulls back.
  • Since the principle of Aikido and Ju Jitsu is to always go with the force, Tori now changes tactics to udegarame.
  • Tori keeps hold of Uke’s wrist with his right hand.
  • Starting from right posture, Tori sidesteps slightly to the left and now brings left foot forward, so he is standing halfway behind Uke, ready to swivel right.
  • Tori uses his right arm to lock (entangle) Uke’s right arm to start udegarame. He lifts it up, forcing Uke to bend downwards from the growing pressure.
  • With Uke’s arm entangled, Tori now swivels 90 degrees clockwise, to his right to execute the udegarame throw.
  • Uke does a rolling breakfall to escape having his arm broken and to get away from Tori.
  • Tori finishes by standing in right posture.
  • Uke finishes by completing his rolling breakfall and coming up onto his feet, turning and facing Tori in ready posture.

WARNING!

Again, there is great leverage on Uke’s elbow with this technique, so you must be extremely careful for your training partner’s safety and wellbeing.

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