Nov 6 Mon ~ Infrequent Techniques
Yokomenuchi Iriminage (variation)
Yokomenuchi Kube Shime Ude Gatame (2 ways)
Tonight less typical techniques were practiced. In addition the techniques varied from the standard application of Aikido techniques by going against the natural bend of a joint. The entry was practiced by initially doing an iriminage where only the rear hand was utilized to meet the strike and lead uke (as opposed to the typical forward hand leading the hand down to the rear extending hand). Although the completion of the projection is still done in a circular manner the entry to the irimi is more linear and on an angle like the ‘tail on the letter Q’.
This entering body movement continued into a lead as in shihonage but instead the inside hand moved as if to strike uke’s chin with a thrusting back fist. The same arm then continued in a reverse manner to wrap around uke’s neck as nage stepped back with the inside leg into hiza (high kneeling). Uke was brought to the mat in order to apply a choke and an arm bar with the other leading arm across the thigh on nage’s outside ‘upper’ leg. Safety on the neck was stressed with an alternative take down method suggested by placing the palm of the “choking arm” between uke’s shoulder blades (rather than complete the circle for the choke) in order to support uke and place him/her on the mat. A variation was then instructed where uke’s face was turned and pressed to the mat facing away from nage. In this instance the arm bar was completed across nage’s abdomen rather than the thigh.
Then an iriminage was used as a defense against a ‘jab’ to the face. It is similar to yokomenuchi iriminage but is applied while entering toward uke rather than stepping back on the diagonal. The use of a ‘loose fist’ was recommended for safety reasons.
The class closed with only entries to techniques against ushiro-geri (back thrust kick) and mae-geri (front snap kick) because there was not enough time to practice the ukemi required to safely complete this technique.