When I was making a video showing all of the strikes O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba used in his 1935 movie “Budo”atemi, my son Alex thought it would be cool to make a GIF of O’Sensei doing a technique. Here’s the GIF, a kokunage O’Sensei in that movie.
That’s quite the kokyunage, isn’t it!
For those who do not know it, kokyunage means “breath throw.” It’s a catch-all name for throws where nage basically moves through uke using the breath. Kokyunage can be very gentle or powerful, depending on the circumstances.