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Proper defense for Tsuki

This is the classic Aikido defense for a Tsuki, or thrusting attack.


  1. aikijean
    April 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Chris
    Love your new site.
    In my case when I am working on tsuki tanto dori I tend to go to the elbow not so much towards the wrist. I think the control is better that way. What do you think ?


    • Christopher Hein
      April 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      Hey Jean, Thanks!
      The outside of the elbow has huge advantages, it checks the arm and makes it difficult for them to stab and/or cut. Also, the closer you get to the shoulder the easier it is to “catch” the weapon arm. The inside of the elbow is often difficult because they still have such a large range of motion, making it easy for them to deal damage (to you).

      Wrist control has lot’s of advantages, but it is difficult to grab in a fast paced, high stress situation. The most important first step is to protect your vitals, then obtain control from that protective position.

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