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had fun practising on Sunday morning with one of the guys whose technique I like a lot as it's very smooth and he's very sensitive in general to changes in uke's balance. Am trying to figure out how I can develop the same level of connection both as nage and uke. I still feel like I'm not that sensitive because I'm still using too much muscle...still need to attain that fine balance between being relaxed but not a rag doll.
Just one note from that practice so I don' t forget it: kotegaeshi from a tanto thrust. Use a small down movement to destabilise uke first then raise hand up rather than sideways as this is less dangerous to nage.
Postscript: I tried that little variation of kotegaeshi with a tanto attack on another nidan, but lo and behold, it didn't work anywhere near as well...hmmm...back to the drawing board.