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knife techniques: we had an interesting q&a yesterday concerning the knife at the throat problem with the uke at the back. Then various volunteer nages came up to see if they could get out of that situation. The results were interesting.
The closest attempts were done by two of the really fast experienced yudansha: one attempted sankyo and was foiled by the very fast response of the uke who simply switched the knife to the other hand to "knife" nage in the stomach. Then another tried a different move which was faster than I could really see...but it went the other way and down but the uke still managed to counter with a little bit more difficulty. Then the sensei tried and two of the techniques he used worked. But I think the whole class realised this was one difficult situation and it would largely be safer to wait for a better opportunity before making a move.