Easy Aikido Moves To Save Your Hide

Easy Aikido moves are those which get you off the line of attack. You’ll need to practice your Aikido avoidance movements enough so they become a reflex action. So instead of jumping back from your attacker’s fist, boot or weapon, you’ll move just enough to avoid getting hit and then take control of your attacker’s power.

This way you control his balance and movement.

If uke (your attacker) has a weapon, then you will usually control that arm or leg and take him to the ground. There are dozens of basic ways, with thousands of minor variations. So lets keep it simple.

In irimi-nage, a classical Aikido technique, you move so as to blend your movements with his power, and lead him into a circle, pushing his neck down from behind. Uke finds himself bent almost double, and immediately reacts by trying to stand upright again. And as he tries to stand up erect, you reverse direction at him, hooking his face with the inside of your forearm. This takes him crashing to the ground on his back. A traditional Aikido throw ‘made easy’ when it is described this way, but it requires many hours of practice in class to make it smooth and automatic.

In shomenate, as another example, you would lightly check Uke’s attacking arm and then counter-attack by pushing at his chin to break his balance and running strongly directly at him. Normally your leading foot goes straight through his open legs. This will slam him onto his back as soon as he loses his balance. And if uke tries to back away from you, you just keep running. Trust me on this. He’s going to fall first … or hit a wall, a tree or whatever.

With the kotegaeshi wrist throw, you would step to one side and capture uke’s attacking wrist or foot. You then swivel back towards your attacker and twist his own wrist or ankle back towards him. Keep turning and swiveling, and something’s got to give, and it won’t be you. As long as uke is skilled at Aikido ukemi (escapes and breakfalls) and has some idea of what might be coming, he should be able to jump and do a safe breakfall to the ground. But if he doesn’t have these skills, or is too slow in using them, the joint you are twisting will almost certainly be broken – and uke will hit the ground badly and be hurt even more.

That’s why learning Aikido needs to be done properly, in a safe, controlled environment. So why not find yourself an Aikido dojo today and go and check it out.Look at several if you can.

You really can’t learn this stuff properly on your own, and you are sure to make some friends once you start training regularly.

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