What is katate dori

Katatedori is a one-hand grab of the wrist. The word kata means arm or hand in Japanese. The word te means neck. The word dori means grab. Thus, it is a grab of the “neck” of the arm, or the wrist.

Gyaku hanmi and ai hanmi

Katatedori can be done in two styles: gyaku hanmi or ai hanmi. Gyaku hanmi means that the partners are a mirror image of one another. Gyaku means “opposite” and hanmi means stance. Gyaku-hanmi katatedori looks like this:

Gyaku hanmi katate dori
Gyaku hanmi katate dori

The other style of katate dori is ai hanmi. Ai is the same “ai” as in “aikido” and it means harmonious. Hanmi means stance. In a harmonious stance, we both have our left foot forward or we both have our right foot forward. Ai hanmi katate dori looks like this:

Ai hanmi katate dori
Ai hanmi katate dori

Gyaku hanmi

Katate dori gyaku hanmi ikkyo

Katate dori gyaku hanmi sumo otoshi

Katate dori gyaku hanmi kokyu nage

Kokyu nage is actually a general name for many different techniques where nage leads uke through the use of kazushi (balance taking) and lead, and without specific joint manipulations. In the video below you see two aikidoka practicing a sequence of three different koky nage that we also practice in the dojo.

Katate dori gyaku hanmi irimi nage

Ai hanmi

Katate dori ai hanmi ikkyo

Katate dori ai hanmi irimi nage

We practice three different versions of this technique that we call short, medium and long. Only the short version is shown here.

Katate dori ai hanmi shiho nage

Shiho nage is the “four directions throw” — that is, the technique where we turn all the way around. It is very important to be careful with shiho nage, as it is quite easy to injure your partner with this technique.

Katate dori ai hanmi shiho nage omote

Katate dori ai hanmi shiho nage ura

Katate dori ai hanmi kote gaeshi

Katate dori ai hanmi kote gaeshi omote

Katate dori ai hanmi kote gaeshi ura