The hip switch is a very powerful tool in aikido. You will see it in many different techniques. It’s a fast, efficient way to reverse direction without using a lot of power or energy.
It’s also important to do a hip switch with the correct structure. We talk about that a bit in this video also – if you don’t have the right structure, you will lose power and efficiency.
There are several different ways to look at the hip switch. This video looks at a couple of them. It also explores some of the different areas where you might use the hip switch. This just shows a few examples, but not all of the possible situations where this move would come in handy. Like many things in aikido – the more you look, the more you will see.