Kokyunage: the “breath throw” of Aikido

All martial arts involve controlling the breathing and coordinating it with movement – whether striking, receiving strikes, blending with an attacker, or executing a throw. I’m not sure any other art emphasizes breathing as much as Aikido does.

There are also many Aikido throwing methods that don’t seem to have another formal name. Thus, many different things are often called “kokyunage” – or “breath throw” That can be confusing…

This video shows a few variations of kokyunage from “male triangle” body movement.

This video shows some different variations of kokyunage from ushiro and tenkan body movement – and from “relay training”.