How to learn ten techniques by learning only one.

Let’s take Shomenuchi Ikkyo Omotewaza for example.  When we practice this technique, it forms the basis continuing with Nikyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo, and do forth.  Generally, after we practice the throwing next.  That would include Shomenuchi Shihonage, Kotegaeshi, Iriminage, Koshinage, Kokyunage, and so on.  All of these are predicated on the successful practice of Shomenuchi Ikkyo.    This is mean that if you can apply Shomenuchi Ikkyo Omote, you can progress to Shomenuch Nikyo without too much difficulty.  This is the first area where knowing how to perform one technique provides the basis for learning additional techniques, when you learn them in a progressive order.

The next area is to relate these ordered techniques to a progressively more technical attack.  A good example, following the example of Shomenuchi, is Katadori Menuchi.  Success with Katadori Menuchi techniques is dependent on success with Shomenuchi techniques.  This means that, if you can apply the techniques successfully from Shomenuchi, you should be able to practice the Katadori Menuchi techniques without a problem.  This is the second area where one technique teaches another series of techniques, when you practice the same techniques against more complex attacks.

Another area to to study attacks that have structural similarities.  Shomenuchi and Katadori Menuchi are related because of the contact that nage’s striking hand makes with uke’s parrying hand.  Once this contact is made, Katadori Menuchi becomes similar to Morotedori.  There are only a few differences between Morotedori and Katadori Menuchi techniques as far as the basics are concerned.  So now we have an area of practice where Shomenuchi Ikkyo teaches Katadori Menuchi techniques teaches Morotedori techniques.

If Shomenuchi Ikkyo teaches us to pin after making contact with one hand of our partner, Katadori Menuchi and Morotedori Ikkyo teaches us to pin after two hands of our partner are in  contact with one of our arms, one high and one low.  If we can perform Ikkyo in this manner, we can also perform Ikkyo as Kaeshiwaza when our partner tries to pin us with Ikkyo.  If we consider that Ikkyo is a circumstance that is related to Katadori Menuchi and Morotedori, it should seem obvious that now those techniques become Ikkyo Kaeshiwaza.

So let’s take it from the top:

1. Shomenuchi Ikkyo, progressing to Nikyo, Sankyo, Shihonage, Kotegaeshi, etc.  Building off of Ikkyo in this manner, and performing Omotewaza and Urawaza when appropriate should generate at least 14 techniques.

2. Katadori Menuchi Ikkyo, using the same progression, but since you can perform the waza to either of uke’s arms, you can at least double the count from the last stage.

3. Morotedori Ikkyo, using a similar progression.

4. Ikkyo Kaeshiwaza.

That’s just one idea that anyone can use to build a solid technical curriculum with basics and advanced practice.


2 Responses to How to learn ten techniques by learning only one.

  1. Ben Tang says:

    Autrelle you nailed it right.. I have met many who learn by memorizing waza, learning Aikido requires understanding not memorizing !!
    Pls add me to your blog link..
    Domo Arigato !

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