Hiroshi Ikeda demonstrates katatedori balance-breaking techniques

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Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, 7th dan, of the Boulder Aikikai, demonstrates a series of sophisticated, minimum movement balance-breaking techniques from katatedori grabs. Ikeda Sensei’s performance is a study of efficient movement and relaxed, explosive power. One well-known kobudo teacher once described Ikeda Sensei’s aikido as “crazy good.” He maintains perfect balance and impeccable timing to control […]

Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, 7th dan, of the Boulder Aikikai, demonstrates a series of sophisticated, minimum movement balance-breaking techniques from katatedori grabs.

Ikeda Sensei’s performance is a study of efficient movement and relaxed, explosive power. One well-known kobudo teacher once described Ikeda Sensei’s aikido as “crazy good.” He maintains perfect balance and impeccable timing to control uke. Ikeda Sensei’s aikido is exemplary in all respects.

Born in 1950, Hiroshi Ikeda began aikido training under Mitsugi Saotome while a student in the aikido club of Kokugakuin Univesity. He entered Saotome’s Reimeijuku dojo in 1970. In 1976, he relocated to Sarasota, Florida where he taught from 1978-79. Ikeda Sensei moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1980 and established the Boulder Aikikai, part of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba organization. He travels extensively throughout the USA and abroad conducting seminars.

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  1. Ace Atkinson says:
    Posted June 8, 2013 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Sometimes Ikeda Sensei uses the term “First Touch”. I use the term “touching first”. Another way of thinking about this technique is: I put my wrist into Uke’s palm as compared to the idea that I let Uke grab my wrist and then I try to do the art. In every day life: Professor, my paper will be late. Mom, I going to be late. Dad I dented the car. Actually, it is safer to be touching Uke with my Ki, thoughts, smile, etc., long before the physical contact takes place. With Peace and Love.


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