15 – Maeotoshi (arm-bar throw)

Aikido Throw #15 of the Randori No Kata

Maeotoshi is an arm-bar throw. Uke does a forward roll to escape injury.
Maeotoshi is an arm-bar throw. Uke does a forward roll to escape injury.

The Maeotoshi aikido throw is the first of the three Uki Waza (floating techniques) of the Randori no Kata.

The arm bar applied to Uke by the Maeotoshi aikido throw puts tremendous force onto the elbow-joint; and for this reason it was banned from free practice (Randori) for quite some time. But it is now permitted again, as long as pressure is kept off the elbow joint.

Uke prevents his own arm from breaking by leaping into a forward rolling breakfall.

For safety in the dojo, you extend your pushing arm into uke’s (your partner’s) arm-pit… And you keep well clear of his elbow.

  • Take hold of Uke’s wrist from the inside, just as if you are starting Shihonage (throw #14, the previous technique).
  • Uke starts to resist.
  • Reinforce your right hand with your left hand.
  • Take half a step forward with your right foot, towards your right front corner.
  • Let go of your left hand grip on Uke’s hand.
  • Slide your left forarm, palm upwards, under Uke’s right elbow.
  • Lift Uke’s arm to shoulder height, and be careful not to snap Uke’s elbow with the Maeotoshi technique.
  • Now, curve your left arm into an imaginary sword (unbendable arm)… its thumb down and elbow upwards.
  • Step forwards with your left leg.
  • Allow Uke to “escape” into a rolling breakfall.
  • Uke should finish his roll from maeotoshi by coming up to his feet and pivoting 180 degrees to face you, ready for the next attack.

Instructors’ Safety Tip

I cannot over-emphasize how important it is for both Aikidoka, Tori and Uke, to be extra, extra careful when doing the maeotoshi aikido technique… Otherwise Uke will end up with a broken arm or a permanently-damaged elbow joint.

Protect your training partner when you train at aikido!

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