STRUCTURE OF PHRASING
The structure adopted in class is the same in all Aikido dojos around the world, so once you know what to say in one you are set to go travelling!!
Body position, Grab or Attack, Technique, Direct or Indirect, Static or flowing.
So… for example
Aye Hanmi Katate Dori Shihonage Omote waza (in) Ki no Nagare.
It seems like a lot but just check the list and you’ll see it basically asks for you to demonstrate
A direct-entry, four direction throw in flowing movements, when the attacker takes hold of your wrist with the same body positioning i.e. They grab your left wrist with their left hand reaching across their body
LET’S TRY SOME MORE!!!
Kata Dori Ikkyo Ura waza (in) Kihon.
1st Principle elbow control with an indirect entry behind, from a shoulder grab, starting from a static position
Mune Dori Nikkyo Omote waza (in) Kihon
2nd Principle wrist control with a direct entry to the front, from a chest/collar grab, starting from a static position
Did that help?
Hopefully now you will have a solid knowledge of the basic terms used in Aikido, how to say them and when you can use them.
Please look at other available resources as well as this is not a comprehensive list, but is more than enough to get you started. If you have any questions regarding terminology speak to your instructor or more experienced students.
I hope you have enjoyed this and will one day see you at the Dojo (Training Hall)