"Yoshinkan Aikido Seiseikai Poland" Part III


It is the third part of my article, where I describe the aikido style created by saiko shihan Kiyoyuki Terada, 10th Dan yoshinkan.

Few months before he passed away,  Hanshi had said to me that he had created seiseikai for everyone and he wanted everyone to know it. Describing seiseikai, I wanted to show that there are more styles of aikido than the most popular, aikido aikiai, which is rarely seen as a martial art. I hope that after my articles many people will say: this is aikido seiseikai and it is something more than typical aikido.

Anyone who wants to organize a seiseikai seminar in his city, for his students, can contact me - Details on www.seimeikan.pl – and I will come to you with my instructors to lead it. I do not encourage anyone to change his style, but if you are interested in seiseikai and you want to know it better, then I am at your service.



In the first part I have described techniques, divided in eight points. Second part was concentrated on the differences in basic techniques  between aikido aikikai and seiseikai. I have also shown one more advanced and complex technique, typical for seiseikai.

Hanshi Terada had also a high rank in goshin jutsu that is why he can easily combine self defense techniques with yoshinkan, creating advanced forms of seiseikai aikido.

In this part I will be describing mostly advanced techniques, demonstrated against a horizontal knife attack aiming jodan (neck).


Taiskashi – pictures 2.1 to 2.5

From the e-mails that I have received I will answer those about jiyu waza. In every aikido style there is jiyu waza or tachi waza. In seiseikai jiyu waza means every used technique has to be done dynamic and without stopping. Of course they have to be effective.

Pictures 1.1 – 1.3 and 1.1a – 1.2a show us how those techniques are done in many aikido styles. I would like to point out that tori (defender) is very often throwing himself under Uke legs and waits for him to trip over him. If you conduct an experiment with a new student and this technique, you will see that they will not fall but hit you with their knees. Answer yourself, is it wise to do it like this? Not to mention the lack of efficiency.

In seiseikai and yoshinakn that technique is called taiskashi (pictures 2.1 – 2.5). On picture 2.1 we can see going under Uke legs. The taller you are, the lower you have to go. However, we do not stay in that position but dynamically stand up under the angle in the direction of the attacker (pictures 2.2 and 2.3). Next we do a turn (tenkan) and throw the uke (pic. 2.4). This technique looks simple, but requires very good timing and confidence in doing.



Yokomenuchi kataha shibori ushiro ashikubi – pictures 3.1 to 3.7

It is a developed technique consisting of elements from many other techniques. We do the block with a turn (tenkan) and doing a counter attack with a punch aiming our opponent’s face (pic. 3.1). Next we grab the entire arm of our opponent (kataha), going behind him for the upper hand (pic. 3.2 and 3.3). We can easily loose the upper hand if do not execute a control on our opponent’s arm by grabbing his collar and closing the lever (pic. 3.3a and b, 3.4). Then we do a lever (not strangling) on the neck of our opponent (shibori) and take him down to the ground (pic. 3.5). In this movement we do not want to strangle our opponent because it will not work at the first moment, on the contrary to a lever, which paralyze very quickly.

In the next move we stand behind our opponent and crush him with our body (pic. 3.6). It is important that we have no distance between us and our opponent, because it will lessen the efficiency of ashikubi control. Now we do a cradle on our back and a brace with our legs (pic. 3.7). This control is very effective, because we constantly have a lever on neck, we are strangling our opponent and have a lever on his elbow.


Yokomenuchi udeseoi hiji ate nage – Picture 4.1 to 4.8

This technique may look like well known techniques existing in other styles, but the throw is definitely different. It is a dangerous technique, very hard to do. During it we have to control our opponent all the time by using a lever on his wrist, elbow and shoulder. If we do not do this right, then the opponent will use the situation to perform a counter attack.

Pictures 4.1 show us a firm enter to block the knife attack with a punch aiming the head of our opponent at the same time. I do not stop after the block, but we turn around on the possible biggest circle, pulling the hand with the knife to us (pic. 4.2). However doing this movement we have to remember to step backwards, because if we do not do it, then, during our block, we can end up with the knife penetrating the side of our body. Next two movements are: knock out using a lever on the wrist and elbow (pic 4.3) and additionally on the shoulder (pic. 4.4), It is very important to keep a central position of our body, straight wrists, the position of our arms and tegatana – these are the basics, about which I have written in the previous issues.

Next movement is the lever on the shoulder and elbow done from kibadachi position (a wide position with slightly bend knees) knocking out the weapon from the hand of our opponent (pic. 4.5 and 4.6). If we do this properly then we can easily break the arm of our uke, so be careful.

Pictures 4.7 and 4.7a shows us udesoi and this is the difference, about which I have written above. After knocking out the weapon, that is doing hiji ate (hitting the elbow) we do a turn, turning the wrist of our opponent. In this movement we additionally keep the control on our opponent’s elbow, by bending our entire body (pic. 4.7a). The last element is the throw, which is done by moving forward with pulling our opponent’s arm to the ground and placing our elbow in front of us (pic. 4.8)



Yokomenuchi yobikomi hando kokyunage utsubuse osae

- pictures 5.1 to 5.8

This is another very developed Seiseikai technique, starting from a vertical slash aiming our neck.

We enter deeply to block the hand with the knife, and, at the same time, attacking the head of our opponent (pic. 5.1). Next we control the attacker’s arm doing ikkajo, taking him down to the ground and doing the atemi with our knee (pic. 5,2)

Next move is to do the lever on the elbow, turning backwards (yobikomi), The attacker has no other option, than escape from the pain caused by the lever. Now, he is after two atemi, plus he has lost his stable position due to the lever. We use this situation by entering with a hit done with shuto aiming the shoulder of our opponent (pic 5.4). Next we do a step forward and push down the shoulder of our opponent. Thanks to that we have him on the ground (pic 5.6 and 5.6a).

In the next move we turn our opponent on his stomach (pic. 5.7). It is a position in which we have more control (utsubuse osae). The last element of the technique is to have a full control over our opponent, without knocking the knife from his hand, due to the utsubuse control and the finishing hit.

We must all remember that knife is the deadliest weapon, hardest to defend against. Knife attacks are slashes in eight directions and thrusts in close distance. Plus, if an opponent pulls out his knife we will not even see it. Some of the knifes made today have colored blades (like on the photos) which do not reflect light, so we will not even see the flash. I heard many times that someone can defend well against knife attacks. It is mostly said by people with low experience and knowledge. You do not have to believe me – take a rubber substitute of knife, cover it with red lipstick and then give it to someone and ask him to attack you as if his life depended on it. After the experiment, count the number of red lines on your gi or neck. The situation that we can see on tanto dori type of films, where uke does a thrust and does not move, allowing to do the technique, is fictional. My advice: if you do not have to fight with an opponent that is armed with a knife, then do not it. Knife is in fact, a very dangerous weapon. Techniques described above, even if they look simple, you should not practice them all by yourself. My aim was only to show you a style and how much it differs from the others.

I am happy that I could present, in four issues, Seiseikai aikido of saiko shihan Kiyoyuki Terada. However, remember that even if we are training different styles, our goal is the same. If you want to know this techniques better, then School of Martial Arts Seimeikan leads Seiseikai and sword (seimeido, seimeijutsu) seminars everywhere where we are asked.


Author: Sebastian Śliwiński III dan AYF , I dan Judo and Goshi-jutsu


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