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Another group of techniques that you’ll see quite often in Aikido is
tanto dori. This is the group of techniques that deals with how to take
a knife away from a partner. So a tanto, being the smallest weapon that
we use, also creates a fair amount of danger because your partner’s
going to be very close with that weapon.

So a lot of the techniques involved in tanto dori tend to be a little more aggressive in order to completely diffuse the situation. So if we start with a tanto. Again, the very basic initial starting point for a lot of these attacks is
going to be ski. So again we’re looking at a punch or a stab directly
to the stomach. Alright.

And again, as in any Aikido technique, the most important thing for me is to get offline and away from the initial attack. We’ve seen korogashi before, or wrist-twist without the weapon, and this can be directly applied to tanto tori. The way that this would differ a little bit from open-hand techniques is because my partner has a knife. As the strike comes in I can use that weapon both to influence
his movement, and I also need to be aware that I want to keep the weapon
away from my partner. I’m not going to sit down to create the pin in
this situation. I want to stay standing and remain with the weapon.

Another variation we see a lot, ijiki mai, or another one of the elbow
techniques and this is specifically designed to make sure that your
partner’s weapon hand is immobilized. So this is a point where you want
to apply subtle and constant pressure. Try not to break the arm but you
want to apply the pressure until your partner needs to drop the weapon and then you can get rid of your partner. Again, from the other side. Again,
control the weapon, open the space up directly underneath against the
elbow, take your wrist, and squeeze. Alright.

You also see a fair amount of chokes, and immobilizations from this point. Lift. Before we went under the elbow, this time we’re going to continue all the way around, and wrap the neck up. In order to remove the knife we’re going to step
back and drop on the closest knee, and apply pressure to the elbow
against my knee that’s up until your partner drops the knife. Alright.

One other komichi mai technique that you’ll see quite often. To the side, all
the way around, and take the Gi from the other side, and separate.
Again, down the closest knee, pressure on the elbow. So one more time. So tanto tori.

These are just some of the most common techniques you’ll
see against a knife and how to remove it from your partner, or several
others, which generally pertain to open-hand techniques. But these are
some basic beginning points on tanto tori.



  1. To be honest the defense mechanism is uneffective againts kali majapahit n silat tuo..the way they attack with knives is very unpredictable n not very robotic like basic knives attack..

  2. You started the statement correctly: to take a knife away from your partner. But: nobody in the world attacks like that with a knife in the street (except for a partner in the dojo). Why would anyone teach or try to learn this?

  3. I like aikido, it’s some martial art that u add pressure to joints to stop an attacker like he goes down during wrist locks or he just flips out of control 👍🏻👍🏻

  4. In real life the aggressor with the knife will slaughter you. The moment you block his attack (if you are able to at all), he will pull his arm back and stab you again. While there is no defense to guarantee a 100% success against the knife user, there are sure better ways to defend yourself.

  5. I have a question please will you help me . Before 2 week by mistake i kicked higher then my stretch so got pain in my leg when ever i start stretching it start paining

  6. Aikido Journal had an interesting video on the limitation of kotegaeshi with a highly skilled knife attacker:
    Hypothetically, in the historical context of Daito-ryu/battle field scenarios, are these the kind of attacks that would pierce body armor? The above ukemi appears to be’ yes’ and are perhaps the roots of technique. However in a modern scenario, would ukemi need to extend so much ki in their attack when the benefits of a tanto are lethal speed? I’m guessing the Fililpino attacks in the link would be limited by Japanese armour if applied . I’m not a martial artist but simply an observer.

  7. It's fine but many people forgot that they must practice in a dojo. It's interesting to see how this training is all focused on disarming, in relation to the defensive rules and code of Aikido Iwama Ryu. To all the beginners: please, read "the heart of Aikido" by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, then shape the purposes through Shintoism which is the only way to defeat the skeptical demons of the western side 😉

  8. @armin dino suljic   yes it does and the fact that the uke flips over is due to the fact he falls down in order not to break his wrist , that kind of fall is called '' ukemi'' and the ''uke'' ( the one who recieves the technique) has to perform ukemi  so that he doesn't break his limbs that's why the guy in the video falls like that , on someone who doesn't know how to do ukemi that technique will just break the wrist of the opponent.

  9. Are you serious, Dojomania? You post a video for the public, but no one has the right to criticise it, or suggest a better way of doing things? If your techniques work, and if you really want to help people to protect themselves, then why would criticism bother you?

  10. would also like to say that this is not an instructional video…ya can't watch this and all of a sudden neutralize a knife attack with kotegaeshi.There are so many myriad essential points to learn and put into practice in moving your body, knowing which muscles/joints to lock on Uke, how to tell uke's momentum, tension in the body, timing,feeling the flow of Ki, here nage has accomplished success by years of practice. Aikido is beautiful, seriously effective, and also requires a LOT more practice than most other martial arts. Go practice with NY Aikikai!

  11. Beautifully executed, well filmed, right to the point, using traditional Japanese methods …aikido and jujutsu used an excellent knowledge of human anatomy for their techniques. Well done, guys.

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