Aiki Otoshi – Close quarter Aikido

Aiki Otoshi – Close quarter Aikido

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Moving away from Basic Aikido

I love the how to videos.  Well shot and well lit camera work (note to aspiring aikido video makers – more light).

In this video Mikey Jones performs Aiki-Otoshi from various attacks always starting the basic.  It is a great technique to teach people about good posture and how to break balance and many techniques can be performed after this entry.

What is most important to remember when doing this technique is not to compromise one’s posture as it tempting to bend at the waist to lower yourself into position.  You must maintain your centre otherwise Uke will have the advantage.

A great technique to challenge students as you have to pay strict attention to principles of Aiki.  Enjoy!