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Kote Gaeshi Counter

Reference: Kote Gaeshi

Example 1, Kote Gaeshi Extend.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Extend.

Kote Gaeshi Extend is the basic way of countering Kote Gaeshi that is taught in Aikido classes.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Extend Fig. 3 Turn Uke Fig. 4 Throw

  1. Fig. 1 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in a typical Jujitsu fashion with fingers on both sides of Nage's hand and the thumbs on the back of Nage's hand.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Nage extending into Uke as Uke starts the Kote Gaeshi. At the same time Nage's left hand goes behind Uke's neck for an Irimi Nage Omote. This could be a punch in the face, or one of several wrist locks.
  3. Fig. 3 shows Nage turning Uke for the Irimi Nage Omote.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Nage throwing Uke.

Example 2, Kote Gaeshi Reverse.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Reverse.

Fig. 5 Start Fig. 6 Reverse Fig. 7 Grab Hand Fig. 8 Throw

  1. Fig. 5 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in Kote Gaeshi.
  2. Fig. 6 shows Nage dropping down and turning Nage's fingers to point back to Nage's left.
  3. In Fig. 7 Nage's reversal turned Uke's right wrist and palm up making it easy for Nage's left hand to take a Kote Gaeshi on Uke to reverse Uke's technique.
  4. Fig. 8 shows Nage's right hand in the Kote Gaeshi grip on Uke and Nage is showing the Kote Gaeshi movement without throw.

Example 3, Kote Gaeshi Under Arm.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Under Arm.

The Under Arm method is particularly easy if Uke raises Nage's hand when doing Kote Gaeshi.

Fig. 9 Start Fig. 10 Extend Fig. 11 Turn Fig. 12 Throw

  1. Fig. 9 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in Kote Gaeshi.
  2. Fig. 10 shows Nage's right arm pulling into Nage moving Nage's body forward as Nage's right arm goes over Nage's head.
  3. Fig. 11 shows Nage turning under Nage's right arm and Uke's arms.
  4. Fig. 12 Nage after going under the arm. As Nage comes to this point it is easy to do an elbow strike to Uke's ribs and from this point do a Shiho Nage.

Example 4, Kote Gaeshi Touch Body.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Touch Body.

Fig. 13 Start Fig. 14 Extend Fig. 15 Turn

  1. Fig. 13 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in Kote Gaeshi.
  2. Fig. 14 shows Nage's right arm pulling into Nage moving Nage's body forward as Nage's right hand touches Nage's body. It does not seem to much matter where the hand touches. It makes it very difficult for Uke to do the Kote Gaeshi.
  3. Fig. 15 shows Nage continuing to step in cutting Uke down like a Kaiten Nage. Here Nage is just moving. No technique is really being attempted.

Example 5, Kote Gaeshi Bend Finger.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Bend Finger.

Fig. 16 Start Fig. 17 Grab Fingers Fig. 18 Bend Out Fig. 19 Bend Down

  1. Fig. 16 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in a typical Jujitsu fashion with fingers on both sides of Nage's hand and the thumbs on the back of Nage's hand.
  2. Fig. 17 shows Nage's little fingers grabbing Uke's fingers.
  3. Fig. 18 shows Nage bending Uke's fingers out.
  4. Fig. 19 shows Nage bending Uke's fingers back forcing Uke down. This is another good reason to use the standard Aikido grip for Kote Gaeshi.

Example 6, Kote Gaeshi Kick.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Kick.

Fig. 20 Start Fig. 21 Roll Back Fig. 22 Kick

  1. Fig. 20 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in preparation of a practice type Kote Gaeshi.
  2. Fig. 21 shows Nage rolling back in response to Uke's Kote Gaeshi. Nage is doing a Back Roll with Kick.
  3. Fig. 22 shows Uke intentionally making a mistake that many Aikidoka commonly make of leaning over Nage as Nage falls. People love to admire their work but this makes it easy for Nage to kick Uke in the head as shown or do a counter throw. In many martial arts the person doing the Kote Gaeshi does a knee drop or something else nasty to the person thrown. By continuing to roll out and counter Nage can minimize the danger. The common Aikido finish to Kote Gaeshi enables the person doing the Kote Gaeshi to either turn the person thrown over or go with the roll and pin the person thrown.

Example 7, Kote Gaeshi Pull In.

Movie of Kote Gaeshi Pull In.

Fig. 23 Start Fig. 24 Touch Body Fig. 25 Strike

  1. Fig. 23 shows Uke holding Nage's hand in preparation of a practice type Kote Gaeshi.
  2. In Fig. 24 Nage lets Uke pull Nage forward and Nage's chest moves to Nage's hand that Uke is holding. Uke's pull in combination with Nage's movement to the hand gives tremendous acceleration to Nage. Even in a situation where Uke is cranking Nage's wrist to break the wrist Nage will prefer that to death in a serious confrontation.
  3. Fig. 25 shows Nage striking Uke in the temple with a forearm strike. Other strikes or throws could have been used. This move shows why we do the Arm Down to get the person we are throwing well off balance before doing a Kote Gaeshi.

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