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Uke - Person being thrown
Nage / Tori - Person throwing

Shite - Person throwing

Thanks to Sam Combes and Stanley Pranin:
and Shite submitted by Sam Combes, of Aikido Yoshinkai of California, Anaheim

Stanley Pranin explained that the term shite used to describe the person that is throwing, is actually a pre-war expression used by O-Sensei. He cited Morihei Ueshiba's book "Budo" (1938). Before the war, Gozo Shioda was a student under Ueshiba - and this term is still preserved with Yoshinkan Aikido today.

Posture (shizentai gamae):

Migi gamae - right side
Hidari gamae - left side
Sankakutai - typical Aikido triangular stance
Ma-ai - Distance between the nage and uke.

Stances (Hammi):

Ai hammi - Both persons take migi gamae or hidari gamae at the same time
Gyaku hammi - reverse stance
Gedan - hand position low
Chudan - hand position medium
Jodan - hand position high


Shomenuchi - Frontal attack to top of head
Shomenu-tsuki - Frontal attack to eyes
Munetsuki - Frontal punch
Yomenuchi - Frontal-angular attack to side of head/neck
Katate-tori - Wrist grab
Kata-tori - Shoulder grab
Katate-tori hantai / Kosa-tori - cross hand grab
Kubi-shime - Choke hold
Katate-tori Ryote-mochi - Two hands grab one hand
Ryote-tori - Grab both wrists
Ryokata-tori - Grab both shoulders
Randori - Multiple man attack
Hanmi Handachi-waza - Nage in sitting position and uke standing
Suwari-waza - Nage and uke perform techniques on knees
Jiyu-waza - Free Style
Jo-tori - Staff taking
Tanto-tori - Knife taking
Kumi-jo - Paired jo kata practice
Kumi-tachi - Paired bokken practice
Taijutsu - Empty hand practice

Irimi - Direct entry
Tenkan - Indirect or outside entry. Body makes complete turn around attack.

Atemi - Hand strikes
Jiyu-waza - Free style
Jo - Staff
Suburi - Sword/ bokken practice
Shikko - Knee walking

Please excuse us, we are still currently under contruction.

Thank you.

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Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
(C. Matrasko as uke)
1978 C. Matrasko

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