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Shikko Ho

Exercise - Aikido - Beginner - White Belt


Knee-walking (shikko-ho) forms the basis of the lower body movements in all of the suwari (kneeling) techniques in Aikido, of which there is a corresponding version for each of the standing techniques. 

Several versions of the movements can be practiced, which helps build a strong lower body:

  • "Normal" shikko ho - moveing from one side suwari kamae to the other
  • Backwards shikko ho
  • Shuffling shikko ho - short, powerful shuffles, alternating sides
  • Long cross-step shikko ho - long moves which cover a large distance, switching from side to side
  • Pivots on knees & shifts from side to side

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