Target Opportunities in Aikido

A few things I have noted that weren’t mentioned by the instructor or noticed by others.

One, when stepping behind a person to lift up their arm and shoulder and throw them to the ground, one can conserve the momentum by using it as the force behind an elbow strike. Since we’re already stepping under their arm and reversing our facing, one might as well use that energy behind a strike. When the person reacts, this can be used to re grab the arm and then place the hand on the head/neck, step on their foot, and then throw them down. Or a simultaneous stomp to the side of the knee with an elbow in the kidneys/ribs, followed by the arm lock and another elbow to the back of the head. All kinds of combinations can result from aikido moves, that aren’t ever actually in aikido moves.

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