I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor, 6 dan Aikikai Shihan, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. I've practiced aikido since 1972. I also teach the sword art iaido. More about me here.
by Stefan Stenudd. The aikibatto sword and staff exercises for aikido students explained, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and more. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd. The life energy qi (also chi or ki), with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Text and video clips of the Aikido Pinning Technique Ikkyo
Ikkyo is the first technique of aikido, that's even what its name means. Sort of an introduction to aikido, at least to its pinning techniques, in the continued count of nikyo, sankyo and so on. Therefore, it's always rewarding to return to ikkyo, with a high regularity. As your ikkyo develops and becomes refined, so will all of your aikido. It doesn't ever become boring.
Below, I go through ikkyo - omote and ura - in the most basic attacks. There is no rule as to exactly how ikkyo should be performed. Probably, there are about as many variations to it, as there are accomplished aikidoka. Also, any aikido technique tends to transform through the development of one's aikido, so not even for one single person is there such a thing as a right or a wrong way to do it. Consequently, what you find here is just my interpretation of ikkyo - at this point in time. Who knows what comes next?
Notice that the little movie projector in every header is a link to a short video clip, usually about 300 KB in size, where I show how I do the ikkyo in question. Below each header are some of my views and pointers on it. I hope you find it of some interest. The attacker in the videos is Tomas Ohlsson, and behind the camera are Sven Lindow and Magnus Bäcklund. They are members of my dojo, Enighet in Malmö, Sweden.
Here's a video with the ikkyo technique (omote and ura) against most attacks.
My Aikido Books
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.