“In Morihei Ueshiba’s view, nage initiates the attack in
shomenuchi basic techniques, a seldom followed approach”

This is a video taken at a recent seminar where Stanley Pranin explains and demonstrates shomenuchi ikkyo omotewaza. Reference is made to Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 technical manual Budo where Morihei Ueshiba stresses that, in this technique, nage initiates the encounter counter to common practice today. The reasons for this are explained in the video.

  • using Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 “Budo” training manual as a resource
  • the importance of nage taking the initiative against this and other striking attacks
  • the role of atemi in unbalancing uke
  • why uke cannot be overcome with a collision-type response to shomenuchi and other strikes


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