The Use of Touch in Aikido Practice

by PAUL LINDEN - Direct contact with uke means touch. In this article, I’d like to examine effective touch as an element in effective Aikido. The subject of effective touch is not a common topic in Aikido teaching. Perhaps it is obvious, and perhaps it is dealt with implicitly, but I think there may be great value in examining touch explicitly. It is, after all, the medium of communication between uke and nage.