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Applications for The Arm Bar

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Straight Punch to abdomen with tenkan blend

Shoji Nishio

Chop to the Side of Head (Yokomenuchi) with an Irimi blend

We call it the Arm Bar.  The Japanese term for the technique which is used in Ueshiba’s brand of aikido could be called Ikkyo or Goyko.  The difference between Ikkyo and Goyko, is that the block is different in Goyko ~ because uke is wielding a knife (typically an imaginary knife).  The lock is the same in both.  

Jake Whitfield

Arm Bar from a mount (top) grappling position.

Do You have a Favorite Arm Bar Application Not Listed Above?


Please post it in the comments section below.

Robert MacEwen

Arm Bar from a 2 Hand Choke from the Rear.

Gary Boaz

Arm Bar from a Straight Wrist Grab.

Mike Jones

Rollover Arm Bar, Standing Lock, & Inside Arm Bar Throw that needs to be studied by someone with more understanding than I have.

Beginning at 3:43, there is a nice series of Arm Bar applications in our style.  I would like to point what I believe to be a distinct feature in our style of aikido ~ and that is this:  as nage’s movement changes, the application of nage’s technique also changes.  I believe that the idea of changing the type of application of a specific technique as you change initial movements (demonstrated at the end) is very unique to our style, and demonstrates Master Shodo Morita’s genius and versatility.

John Carter

Rokas Leonavicius

23 Applications of the Arm Bar, by changing nage’s the initial movement, or uke’s attack.  Note the actual Arm Bar is always the same though.  These guys are creative if nothing else ~~~

Rokas Leonavicius

Kind of a neat tutorial for how to take soft ukemi on Arm Bar Applications.  Very good points about maintaining a “live uke” feeling.

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