List of attacks in aikidō

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This is a list of attacks used in aikidō.

Kanji has been included where possible. Although kanji does not normally use spaces, I have inserted them to mirror the spaces used in the English transliteration to assist comprehension.

Grips

Tori 
取り. Grip, grab, take. Becomes dori when used in a compound word.
Katatedori 
片手取り ("wrist grip"). One-handed wrist grab (same side).
Ai hanmi katatedori 
相 半身 片手取り ("mutual stance wrist grip"). See katatedori.
Katatedori hantai 
片手取り 反 ("opposed wrist grip"). One-handed wrist grab (opposite side).
Gyaku hanmi katatedori 
逆 半身 片手取り ("reverse stance wrist grip"). See katatedori hantai.
Ryōtedori 
両手取り ("both hands grip"). Two-handed wrist grab (both wrists).
Ryōtemochi 
両手持ち ("two-handed"). Two-handed wrist grab (same wrist).
Katadori 
片取り ("shoulder grip").
Ryōkatadori 
両片取り ("both shoulder grip"). Dual shoulder grab.
Katadori menuchi 
片取り 面打ち ("shoulder grip face strike"). Shoulder grab with a downwards strike to the head (shōmenuchi).
Munedori 
胸取り ("chest grip"). Grabbing the lapel on the chest.
Eridori 
襟取り ("collar grip"). Grabbing the collar by the neck.
Hijidori 
肘取り ("elbow grip"). Grabbing the sleeve at the elbow.
Ryōhijidori 
両肘取り ("both elbows grip"). Grabbing both elbows.
Kubishime 
首締め ("neck choke"). Using both hands to choke the neck.
Ushiro 
後ろ. Behind; rear.
Ushiro ryōtedori 
後ろ 両手取り ("rear both hands grip"). Wrist grab from behind (both wrists).
Ushiro ryōkatadori 
後ろ 両片取り ("rear both shoulder grip"). Grabbing both shoulders from behind.
Ushiro ryōhijidori 
後ろ 両肘取り ("rear both elbows grip"). Grabbing both elbows from behind.
Ushiro kubishime 
後ろ 首締め ("rear neck choke"). Using both hands to choke the neck from behind.

Strikes

Tsuki 
突き ("thrust"). A punch or a forwards strike with a jō. Becomes zuki when used in a compound word.
Chūdanzuki 
中段突き ("middle punch"). Punch to the mid-section, i.e. stomach (do) or solar plexus (suigetsu).
Jōdanzuki 
上段突き ("high punch"). Punch to the head.
Gedanzuki 
下段突き ("low punch"). Punch lower than chūdanzuki, e.g. to the groin.
Shōmenuchi 
正面打ち ("front head-strike"). Overhead strike to the forehead.
Yokomenuchi 
横面打ち ("side head-strike"). Diagonal overhead strike to the temple.
Gyakuuchi 
逆打ち ("reverse strike"). Backfist to the temple.
Keri 
蹴り. Kick. Becomes geri when uses in a compound word.
Maegeri 
前蹴り ("front kick"). Forwards kick.

See also: List of jō movements
Chokuzuki 
直突き ("straight thrust"). Forwards thrust to suigetsu (solar plexus).
Kaeshi 
返し. Counter; reversal. Becomes 'gaeshi' when used in a compound word.
Kaeshizuki 
返し突き ("counter thrust"). Parrying thrust to suigetsu.
Ushirozuki 
後ろ突き ("rear thrust"). Thrust behind to suigetsu or men (face).
Jōdangaeshi 
上段返し ("high counter"). Parrying strike to the temple.
Gedangaeshi 
下段返し ("low counter"). Parrying strike to the knee.

See also