In our Tomiki style we use what we call “butterflies”. These are two-handed balance breaks that involve passing the attacker’s arm/hand from one hand to the other. This video looks at the outside balance break, where the tori’s hands are on the outside of the attacker’s arm. Doing this type of balance break causes the structure of the attacker to break down. It is another tool we have to work with in our aikido practice.

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