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Aiki Free Style

Movie of Aiki Free Style

The way we train we always start off with a Kuta strike from the lead foot. That strike can change to what ever is needed depending on the situation. In Aiki the strike is followed by a throw that frequently involves another strike. This gives us full integration of the Kuta with the Aiki.

This demonstration is completely freestyle. I have no idea what the attacks will be. We play this game almost every class. Nage is just moving with the action. Only two techniques were executed. The rest is just movement and the first technique is really just a hip twist.

We used to play this game by faking the punches. This did not create the proper dynamic for the throws. Now we come in for the strikes but just push our partner's.

Fig. 1 Strike to Face Fig. 2 Blocked Left Strike Fig. 3 Right Strike

  1. Fig. 1 shows the initial entry of the 1st attacker and Nage's strike to Uke's face.
  2. In Fig. 2 the attacker is in Nage's face with a right strike so the Kuta strike is used to catch the arm and pull it down.
  3. Fig. 3 shows a follow up strike with the other hand.

    Fig. 4 Blocked Left Fig. 5 1st Strike Fig. 6 2nd Strike

  4. In Fig. 4 Nage comes in to strike the 3rd attacker. Uke's hand comes up to block and Nage catches the arm for the throw.
  5. In Fig. 5 Uke's arm is in the way so the strike becomes a sweep down of Uke's arm.
  6. Fig. 6 shows the second strike to Uke's face.

    Fig. 7 No Strike Fig. 8 Strike to Face

  7. In Fig. 7 in terms of how we train the move on the fourth attacker may be a mistake. For this situation where Uke's arm is in the way Nage should have started with a forearm strike to Uke's face. In this case maybe Nage was too far away. If not, naughty Nage.
  8. In Fig. 8 Nage had time to hit Uke in the face before Uke could protect or strike.

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