You can learn how to perform Aikido throws in an efficient and effective way. By joining an Aikido club or association and practising on a regular basis, you will soon be able to throw your training partners.
Of course, you will have to work on many other skills, before you can attempt to throw in an effective way.
For example, you'll have to learn club rules/etiquette, learn how to take ukemi and fall safely, learn the movements of many different techniques, and work together with a partner to develop your techniques further.
After a while you will be able to perform some amazing Aikido throws, that your training partner would not be able to resist... even if they tried!
What are these Aikido Throws?
Well, there are many different techniques in the art of Aikido, and advanced variations as well. Even if they are takedowns that lead to a pin, they can still be adapted into an Aikido throw.
In fact, Aikido teaches you how to be spontaneous during your training and find the best possible way to control an attacker...
using minimum force.
So, lets have a look at some of the most effective throws. Now, by effective, I mean those that will work under difficult street conditions. This will limit some of the more complex moves that appear to be more flashy.
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One of the more basic throws is tenchi-nage. This is based on the principles of heaven and earth, where you reduce your opponents strength by distracting his mind. This is done by sending energy up and down at the same time, allowing you to unbalance them to the rear.
This Aikido throw can be adapted into irimi-tsuki, where you control your attacker by lifting their chin up with the palm of your hand, to off-balance them to the rear.
all types of attack, dojo or street!
Of course to make a throw work, in the dojo or street, there are a series of conditions you will need to observe. You must make sure you get the timing right, or you will be too early or too late. If early you can be accused of being the aggressor, and if too late, you may be hurt.
You will also need to take control of the mind by distracting your training partner or attacker. This can be done with a sudden unexpected move, a ki-ai shout, or even an atemi strike to a pressure point.
Another important aspect of making a simple throw work on the street, is learning how to deal with a surge of adrenaline.
This will either...
But, you have to ask yourself...
Is it safe to throw someone down?
In the dojo your partner has learned how to fall, and they have nice mats to cushion the effects. In the street your attacker could bang their head on concrete, or another hard surface.
This is highly dangerous for them, as it could lead to unconsciousness, concussion, a fractured scull, etc. It would be better to control them by breaking their balance and take them down in a controlled manner.
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Another very effective throw is Koshi-nage, where you duck under your attackers hips. This has the effect of taking their legs away and forcing them into a breakfall or pile driver. This will only work if they are coming at you with plenty of momentum...
if not you may be vulnerable!
Once again good in the dojo with experienced training partners and mats, but in the street your attacker could be badly hurt. If its an all out war that you need to survive, by all means possible go for it.
But, there are much safer and effective
controlling techniques available.
In time, and with dedication to your training, your Aikido Instructor will pass on to you his experience and knowledge in this area.