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Hey, this next technique is called Koshinage. Koshi, part of the technique, literally refers to the lower back portion. Nage is throw. So, I’m throwing my partner over my hips or my lower back.

A good way to start this out, again, with Gyako-Hanmi Katate Dori, wrist grab. I want to open up the space. Move my feet directly in front of my partner. And I want to try and keep a fairly thin stance. Try not going to get too wide for this. Lift and extend the hand that he’s grabbing in the direction I want my partner to go. If I want him to go over my hips the hand should be extended over the hips, not over the shoulder. I don’t want to pull him over my back.

Open up the space. Move right in front of my partner. Extend the arm and look where I want my partner to go. And all the way over.

Again, I don’t want to feel like I’m having to get in here and lift my partner up. I’m simply giving my partner a pivot point for his hips to roll over. I shouldn’t feel like I’m doing too much lifting. Up, extend, and over.

So, Koshinage can happen as I extend the hand across my back. It can also happen as I push my partner’s hand in front of their body, and I’ll insert my hips here. In front, and also move. And then from various other attacks, Shomenuchi. Alright.

That’s Koshinage, hip throw.



  1. I practiced Aikido for 7 years and was traumatised with Koshi nage. My partner was a girl with black belt, older and heavier than me. She landed me over her shoulder and I couldn't breathe for 1 minute. I stopped doing Aikido but it's really nice that there's someone who does this correctly.

  2. I train at BJJ and aikido, and this morning we were practicing koshi nage. I noticed that it feels and looks a lot like ippon seoinage (hip throw), my teacher told me that the principal difference is that in koshi youre sending them far away and with ipon youre not leaving to much space for you to just having close to you and subtmit
    I think is awesome how BJJ toom this from Judo and Judo took it from the old traditional styles to adapt it more to sport

  3. I must tell you Jacob, I too am a second dan, and Aikido is the MOST EFFECTIVE self defense art in the world! It is not supposed to be an offensive art but I tell you what, I am 155lbs and I could take ANY 200lb MMA/BJJ out ANY TIME

  4. How do you do it so smoothly? I can never do this technique because my partner usually falls off of my hip, if I get to low I can't lift because of the weight.

  5. and what if i stop grappling the other one? how is he goign to do the technique? this is way too fantacious, in judo we do this by grappling the other one, not waiting him to grap us 

  6. Very good explanation again. @ BoonDock Saint the application of the throw is based upon the threat/attack. He actually showed a variation of it later on –  which looks like a full hip (0-goshi) throw from jiujitsu. 

  7. Just wanted to add that Atemi can be an actual attack. It depends on what sort of Aikido you train (and more often, just what dojo you train at). Atemi is simply kicks and punches (or elbows, or whatever). Your standard run of the mill attacks.
    Some schools use this as a distraction, some don't use them at all, and others use them as actual attacks.

  8. I don't know Judo terms.

    But considering that a lot of Aikido was derived from Ju Jutsu (as was Judo), I suspect they are similar.

    Koshi Nage, done correctly, is less of a leverage throw, and more about taking someone's balance (by moving the hips through uke's center). I'm not sure if that makes sense if you haven't experienced it, but there should be very little muscle involved in an Aikido Koshi Nage.

  9. Neither 🙂

    It's an atemi (translation is usually "fake strike", but that's a bit misleading).

    Basically, he's getting him to focus on the "attack", which splits his focus, or distracts him.

    It can be helpful, particularly when you're uke (attacker) isn't of the cooperative variety.

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