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Arm Down Counter

Reference: Arm Down

Example 1, Shomen Uchi Arm Down Irimi Basic.

This is the basic counter for a proper Arm Down Irimi. Uke is a tyro and there are some errors but that is not necessary for the counter. It is just movement against movement. The trick is to see who can lead who. The person who leads best will remain standing.

Movie of Shomen Uchi Arm Down Irimi basic.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Parry Fig. 3 Sweep Down Fig. 4 Extend

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with Uke on the right and Nage on the left. They are spaced so that their arms do not quite touch.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Nage striking with Shomen Uchi at Uke's face. Uke meets the strike with a parry that looks like an 'X' block but it is really a sweeping movement. This is the end of Uke's 1st Irimi Step.
  3. Fig. 3 shows Uke sweeping Nage's arm down in a standard Arm Down movement. Nage's left arm must protect Nage's face and Nage must move with Uke's elbow strike.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Uke extending Nage's arm as Uke takes the 2nd Irimi Step. This is the interesting part. Nage is also extending Uke's arm and taking a Tenkan Step. The person who can do the better job of leading will get the throw.

5. Fig. 5 shows the end of the movement with Uke on the ground. Nage has completed the Tenkan Step, the Tornado Twist and the squat.
Fig. 5 Uke Down

Example 2, Shomen Uchi Arm Down Tenkan Basic.

This is the basic counter for a proper Arm Down Tenkan. Uke is a tyro and there are some errors but that is not necessary for the counter. It is just movement against movement. The trick is to see who can lead who. The person who leads best will remain standing.

Movie of Shomen Uchi Arm Down Tenkan basic.

Fig. 6 Start Fig. 7 Shomen Uchi Fig. 8 Sweep Down Fig. 9 Strike Face

  1. Fig. 6 shows the start with Uke on the right and Nage on the left. They are spaced so that their arms do not quite touch.
  2. Fig. 7 shows Nage striking with Shomen Uchi at Uke's face. Uke meets the strike starts the sweeping movement for the Arm Down.
  3. Fig. 8 shows Uke sweeping Nage's arm down in a standard Arm Down movement. This is the fun part. Nage has to extend Uke down and out while Uke is trying to extend Nage down and out. The partner who does this best gets the throw. Nage is doing the strike Kuta style so notice Nage's left hand by Nage's chest.
  4. Fig. 9 shows Nage's left hand striking Uke's face. This is a quick powerful strike because the hand was already moving up to Nage's chest and the hand was close to Uke's face. Nage has stepped forward Irimi style in response to Uke's Tenkan Step.

5. Fig. 10 shows the end of the movement with Uke on the ground. Nage has completed the Tenkan Step, the Tornado Twist and the squat. This throw could be a Kaiten Nage, Ude Garami or just movement as shown here.
Fig. 10 Uke Down

Example 3, Arm Down Elbow Strike.

Movie of Shomen Uchi Arm Down.

Fig. 11 Start Fig. 12 Parry Fig. 13 Arm Over Fig. 14 Throw

  1. Fig. 11 shows the start with Uke on the right and Nage on the left. They are spaced so that their arms do not quite touch.
  2. Fig. 12 shows Nage responding to Uke's strike by stepping in for the 1st Irimi Step and engaging Uke's wrist as Nage starts the Arm Down.
  3. Fig. 13 shows Nage's elbow coming over Uke's elbow for the Arm Down in a move that is similar to Ikkyo.
  4. Fig. 14 shows the end of the 2nd Irimi step and Uke is falling.

This way of doing Arm Down works well. Nage's right arm must protect Nage's ribs from Uke's elbow as Nage comes in. If Nage is careless Uke can elbow ribs as shown in Fig. 15.
Fig. 15 Elbow Strike

Example 4, Arm Down Sacrifice.

Movie of Shomen Uchi Arm Down Sacrifice.

Fig. 16 2nd Tenkan Step Fig. 17 Nage Behind Fig. 18 Leg Behind Fig. 19 Fall Back

  1. Fig. 16 shows the start with Uke on the left and Nage on the right. Uke is throwing Nage with the Arm Down and Nage is coming around Uke.
  2. Fig. 17 shows Nage behind Uke at the end of the Tornado Twist. This usually happens because the thrower does not bring the throwee's hand back to the side of the thrower's chest. Arm Down does not give the thrower leverage that is as good as the leverage with Ikkyo because of the position of the thrower's left arm. The thrower's arm is over the throwee's arm rather than having the thrower's hand above the throwee's elbow. Wrapping the throwee's arm around the thrower's chest is important. If the throwee's elbow is in a position where it will break be careful in practice not to injure the throwee. This leverage is only important near the end of the Tornado Twist. On Tenkan Off Balance it is important for the thrower not to try to lever the throwee off balance. Trying to lever the throwee off balance will enable the throwee to resist making it difficult to do the off balance. If your partner does get behind your leg when you are throwing just step out to the diagonal as is done in Ikkyo to flatten your partner.
  3. Fig. 18 shows Nage's right leg going behind Uke's left leg.
  4. Fig. 19 shows Nage falling back taking Uke with Nage for the sacrifice throw.

5. Fig. 20 shows Nage easily striking Uke at the end of the sacrifice throw. Not good for Uke.

Fig. 20 Strike

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