How to Do Juji Nage in Aikido

Learn how to do juji nage from the instructors at The New York Aikikai in this Howcast aikido video.

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This next technique is called juji nage, which is an arm throw. It can also be called hiji nage, which specifically focuses on the elbow. We can start with morote dori, a double handed grab. We'll need both arms to execute juji nage and you'll see this in just a minute. Again, the first basic movement, tenkan, and out of the way. My partner trying to take the bottom hand. Dislodge it. Cross the arms. And as I step forward I'm pushing this lower hand against the elbow of the arm on top. As you step forward this will apply pressure to the arms. Tenkan. Remove that hand on top and move your body forward behind your extension. So I want to try to avoid allowing myself to collapse and then try and push, which doesn't help me a whole lot. Blend. Create the extension in the space. Move your body forward. You can also see this from ryote dori, again, if I have both hands occupied. Move through. I want to scoop off the top hand. Grab the bottom one. Cross the arms and forward again. Juji nage.

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    The New York Aikikai is home to chief instructor Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan, Shihan, President of the United States Aikido Federation), a direct student of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. With over 50 years of history, the New York Aikikai is the oldest continuously-operating dojo in the continental United States. World renowned and respected for its traditional aikido instruction and outstanding faculty, it offers unmatched training opportunities for beginners and advanced students alike. The New York Aikikai is an international hub for aikido, drawing students from around the world with its unique blend of quality, tradition and innovation.