Tobikomi-Nagashizuki Is Wado's Finest

How to execute wado's nagashizuki correctly

Tobikomi-Nagashizuki, or simply Nagashizuki,  is one Wado's cornerstone techniques — yet often misunderstood.

On this page you'll learn exactly what Nagashizuki is all about and what you should pay attention to (not what you think).

As Albert Einstein said:

"Everything should be as simple as it can be, but not simpler"

The number 1 key to perform Nagashizuki correctly is to open the body. Not twist.

Think of opening the body as you move through the centre line. Hip and shoulder.

That's right: I didn't mention the leg movement. And I didn't say sidestep.


Because they causes the biggest problems...

Before I dig into what you should do, let's have a look at the performance.

wado ryu ido kihon

Tobikomi-Nagashizuki  is one of the least understood techniques because...

...Focus is generally on leg movement

...which creates awkward timing and often the punch becomes two moves instead of 1 incorrect use of centre line ("angle" does not mean 45 degree angle for example). 

All of those are actions that hold you back from improving your movement. And it's unlikely if not impossible to use your whole body.

The Digi Dojo - Ido Kihon Tobikomi-Nagashizuki - 1 - Hidari Shizentai
The Digi Dojo - Ido Kihon Tobikomi-Nagashizuki - 2
The Digi Dojo - Ido Kihon Tobikomi-Nagashizuki
The Digi Dojo - Ido Kihon Tobikomi-Nagashizuki - 4 - Kamae

So what should you focus on to execute Nagashizuki correctly?

  • Open your body (don't think twist)
  • Push your front hip and shoulder 'into' the punch
  • Pull back your back hip to open up all the way to Mahanmi (side facing body)
  • Externally rotate your back leg, which should be part and a consequence of your back hip movement.

Do this, to physically apply Nagasu so you can avoid an oncoming attack while attacking yourself at the same time.

How that looks?

Check these applications 👇 ( Facts and tidbits about the basic execution up next)

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Applications of Nagashizuki

Sakagami AJ - Irimi Nagashizuki against Mawashigeri

- Sakagami sensei demonstrating Irimi Nagashizuki against my Mawashigeri.

Chudan Harai Uke Nagashizuki

- Chudan Harai Uke with Nagashizuki from Sanbon Kumite

- Jodan Nagashizuki from Sanbon Kumite

- Kaisetsu from Jion showing Nagasu using Shiko Dachi and Shotei Uchi.

- Sakagami demonstrates Irimi Nagashi Uraken on the inside of Nukina sensei's Maegeri.

Now you've got 2 choices:

  • Jump to "Nagasu" to study the principle and applications more deeply (from Sanbon Kumite to free fighting techniques)
  • Or continue digging deeper into Tobikomi-Nagashizuki as you perform it in official basics 👇

facts and tidbits about Nagashizuki

Meaning of nagashizuki: Nagashi means to let flow.

As water runs down from the mountain top, on its way down water always finds a way. With that in mind, let the opponents attack pass your body and move around it. At the same time, create the opportunity to attack with Tsuki (zuki).

Name of the stance: This is simply called Nagashizuki dachi. The back foot should be opened due to the body movement, pointing diagonally back. In application this may be more or less based on demand.

Important points: Essentially this technique is similar to Tobikomizuki, with except for the last part of the movement. Open the body to avoid an attack or to angle yourself as you punch to the attackers face.

And finally...

everything you need to know about tobikomi-nagashizuki

key points of nagashizuki

the correct direction of the punch (and how to put your body behind it)

body movement that generates the correct position of the front foot

direction of the back foot that creates nagasu and adds power

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