How to do Ikkyo Technique (Aikido)

This video contains a tutorial on how to apply Ikkyo (first principle) technique.

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Instructor: Rokas Leonavicius Sensei
Uke: Martynas Martišauskis (Shodan)
Editing: Danguole Garškaitė
Camera: Eduardas Girjotas

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  1. This ikkyo will never functional, because a true uke or a real attack will move when you pull it when you grab his arm, or when you exist to the line attack. Uke and tori cross arm to defend himself, when you exist the line attack, uke dont need to cross with you and could use is hand to hit you. And if uke are mobile, he can move in front of you and maintin the cross arms.
    This forme is possible only if uke are not mobile.
    Thats why this form of ikkyo cant work when uke/oppenent are good.

  2. This is not useful technique. You must not think , that is 6-kyu and it must not be useful and you are wrong. If it does not work as form on 6-kuy it will be not working in more complex techniques.

  3. The technique must be working in base without any conditions. Only one condition is the kind of attack. There is not this variant. You musn't walk around him, because he have a lot of time to change point to strike. Uke must move around the Tori, not vice versa. Home position is as you shown. Then try to enter not from the line you stay to a blue tatami, but from green part of tatmi to blue not to him , but pass him. Ukes arm is half-extended. Enter(first touch) to elbow not push , but up just a little. Try and you will see that tori begines to walk around you without any idea about new strike.

  4. I always find a very hard time with ikkyo. I mean, I've practiced aikido for a year more or less. I think i manage to kind of pull it off when the person is holding me in the shirt, but without resistance. I never manage to make it when the person resists the move.

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