This hijishime (elbow-lock) variant is just one of many we practice at Ikazuchi Dojo. Although this variation should not be taught to, or practiced with beginners, we wanted to share our thinking and instructional approaches related to the technique. We know there are many readers of the blog that are senior level aikidoka and instructors who may benefit from this information.
We view this hijishime variant to possess the following advantages:
In the video segment below, Josh shares the technique with Mark Cheng, a veteran martial artist, movement performance specialist, Chinese medicine doctor, and great friend of the dojo. Matsuoka Sensei stopped by the dojo during our training session to say hello to Mark. Sensei didn’t bring a gi but unexpectedly joined us on the mat in street clothes. Nastia Shuba (recently promoted to nidan) is uke.
The full instructional videos for this technique are available on our streaming video service. Videos cover basic technique mechanics, kuzushi, atemi options, henka-waza, and body structure details. We’ve also included a video of Matsuoka Sensei sharing postural details related to the technique. It’s amazing to see Sensei come onto the mat in street clothes and demonstrate movement principles.