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AIKIDO TECHNICAL TIPS
SHOMENUCHI IKKYO, URA- Var. 1, Angle 1

In this technique, ura is best noted as redirecting the attack around the attacker. 

In traditional Aikido, ikkyo-ura is handled by attacking the assailant's arm on the down swing of shomen. You can see the nage uses tenkan footwork and takes the movement of the arm and uses redirection. The tenkan movement facilitates further when the nage uses a complete 360 degree turn to disable the balance of her attacker.

Good timing and footwork are key in this movement.

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Shomenuchi Ikkyo - ura  Var. #1, Angle 1 (above)
C. Matrasko and J. Loeser (uke)

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Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
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1978 C. Matrasko

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