Camilla Kieliger wrote:
By the way, I never thought of you as a badger?
LOL! Short, round, low to the ground, generally inoffensive but you don't want to back me into a corner!
Your take on on shomenuchi is interesting. Mine is different: If I intend to cut through my partner, my focus is greater and my ukemi overall seems better. The only times I don't have that intent are when I'm getting sloppy; an honest partner will "call me on it" and if my partner doesn't, well, I can feel the difference anyhow.
My partner should trust that I AM going to slice through him, because what he does is predicated on that intent and energy. And for me, making the cut, the trust is that my partner will take my sincere strike and do something that does not hurt me.