“Modern aikido has tended to neglect such
techniques which have true martial application”
In this photo, you see Morihei Ueshiba inside his Kobukan Dojo executing a technique with Gozo Shioda as his uke. In this obviously posed photo against a fan attack from shomenuchi, Morihei has entered to Shioda’s flank, executing atemi to the latter’s ribs, and attacked a pressure point under uke’s elbow. This movement is a classic defense against a knife attack.
This was the way this technique was executed in the prewar era continuing through the Founder’s Iwama years in the late 1940s and 50s.
Taking a close look at this photo, I thought I saw something familiar. I went through my collection of photos from Morihei’s 1938 “Budo” book and found a virtually identical photo — also with Gozo Shioda as uke! That is the photo inset here. In this earlier photo, Shioda is attacking with a knife. Other than that detail, the two images are almost the same.
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