Techniques: Shomen uchi

Front strike. This strike can be executed by lifting up from your hara and striking the bridge of the nose with the blade of your hand. Or by stepping in and striking from the top of the head to the centre of your partner’s head – again aiming for the nose with the blade of your hand. In both cases the antecedent of this attack is lifting the ken (sword)

Shomen Uchi Ikkyo – Rockyo

Commentary This series of techniques demonstrated by Saito sensei clearly shows how Ikkyo is built upon progresively as you move through the pins. Saito Sensei states the name of each technique as he completes it

Shomen uchi ikkyo omote

This video is from Saito Sensei’s Sydney Seminar in 1997. Takeyasu Sensei is translating. Saito Sensei demonstrates how to do shomen uchi ikkyo omote waza, and highlights many common problems that people experience, and their solutions.