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Kuta Techniques

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Leg Dive

There are many forms of Leg Dive. A basic leg dive is just a tackle. A leg dive that Jack Savage teaches is presented here. This is the same as a leg dive taught in Aikido but it does not fit well in this Aiki system so it is put with the Kuta techniques. In Aikido this leg dive is normally used in Hanmi Handachi or the leg dive is used against Uke's standing leg when Uke delivers a straight kick.

Example 1, Leg Dive Outside.

Movie of Leg Dive Outside.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Dive Fig. 3 Grab Leg Fig. 4 Push Down

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with Uke in position to punch at Nage.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Uke punching at Nage's face and Nage's left foot moves in as Nage dives beneath Uke's punch.
  3. In Fig. 3 Nage's right hand has caught Uke's lead ankle and Nage's left forearm is pushing at the outside front diagonal of Uke's lead leg. Using the forearm this way helps keep Nage from being kneed in the face.
  4. In Fig. 4 Nage's weight pushing on Uke's leg has pushed Uke to the floor. Nage's right hand does not try to lift or pull Uke's ankle. Nage's right hand just secures the ankle so that Uke cannot escape.

Example 2, Leg Dive Inside.

Movie of Leg Dive Inside.

Fig. 5 Start Fig. 6 Dive Fig. 7 Grab Leg Fig. 8 Push Down

  1. Fig. 5 shows the start with Uke in position to punch at Nage.
  2. Fig. 6 shows Uke punching at Nage's face and Nage's left foot moves in as Nage dives beneath Uke's punch.
  3. In Fig. 7 Nage's right hand has caught Uke's lead ankle and Nage's left forearm is pushing at the inside front diagonal of Uke's lead leg. Using the forearm this way helps keep Nage from being kneed in the face.
  4. In Fig. 8 Nage's weight pushing on Uke's leg has pushed Uke to the floor. Nage's right hand does not try to lift or pull Uke's ankle. Nage's right hand just secures the ankle so that Uke cannot escape.

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