Morihiro Saito: “O-Sensei joked he could do koshinage all day without getting tired!”
Morihiro Saito was one of the most important instructors of the postwar era and had extensive training under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in Iwama, Japan. He had a major impact on the technical development and pedagogy of the art beginning in the 1970s with his early publications and frequent trips abroad to conduct seminars.
In this video clip, Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, explains and demonstrates important principles of Aikido’s koshinage (hip throws) and kotegaeshi (wrist twist) techniques. Hip throws are among the more difficult techniques of aikido. They require a more advanced skill in ukemi or falling, and an appropriate training surface is necessary to make falls safe. For this and other reasons, koshinage are not practiced much nowadays in the art. Saito Sensei was a master of these hip throw techniques and almost single-handedly insured their preservation by regularly teaching them in his seminars.
If a teacher succeeds in communicating key insights to students, they develop good habits, progress becomes rapid, and they acquire the ability to apply the principles learned to other more advanced techniques. It is in this regard that Saito Sensei excelled as a teacher.
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