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Koshi Nage in Aikido - “Hip Throw”

Updated on June 3, 2013

This technique is among the more advanced and requires a higher level of taking Ukemi from the partner as well to avoid injuries.

Koshi Nage, or “Hip Throw”, focuses upon the movement of your waist and hips as Uke is being lifted from the ground. It uses a man's hips as the fulcrum of removal and rotation of another man's body in an effort to project him down onto the ground. In aikido practice, we find many technical and dynamic applications of this type of technique in response to almost all of the basic types of attack.

Katate Dori Gyaku Hanmi Koshi Nage
Katate Dori Gyaku Hanmi Koshi Nage

The fundamental characteristics of this projection (in relation to the use of your hips at the moment when Uke is about to be lifted from the ground) are generally related to the positioning of your hips against and across his lower abdomen as you establish an axis or fulcrum around which his body will have to rotate. In flight he will be turned upside down and will hit the mat reversed, on his back. This positioning is, first, markedly lateral in the sense that you will bring your side into contact with the frontal side of his lower abdomen, with the axis of your body cutting diagonally across the axis of his body. It is important that you do not cause his upper body to lean unbalanced over your upper trunk, because your main centre of support will be much lower, i.e., the powerfully articulated structure of your hips and pelvic area.

Ryote Dori Koshi Nage
Ryote Dori Koshi Nage

Second, your lower abdomen must be lower than his because you will not be attempting to lift him muscularly, but rather causing his body to lean almost naturally and effortlessly upon your lowered hips. You will then be able to roll him easily around, over, and down to the mat. You must, therefore, sink low, bending your knees well to prepare for the rotation of Uke over your lowered hips – this rotation, of course, being only preliminary to his fall onto the mat, flat on his back.


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    • ZungTran profile imageAUTHOR

      Tran Z 

      8 years ago from Dublin

      Exactly. Due to the lowered position and to the comparatively short distance between the ground and uke's head as he falls towards the mat, there is a potentially dangerous moment in this technique, usually performed by first kyu and above.

      The beautiful ukemi is also assisted by nage when you release your hold.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      One common mistake that I see students do here is not using their hips. Instead they rely on their backs for the throw. Another is is lifting or pulling instead of letting the person do a continuous movement. On the other hand, I also see improper ukemi.

      The uke, nage relationship is very important in aikido and it should be nurtured for mutual learning.

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      Shariful Islam 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Engaging piece with good detail; interesting study of motion and body manipulation.


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