Re: Poll: For the basic version of tenchinage, what kind of fall do you think is more appropriate?
Beginers: universally take backfalls, since the throw takes them backwards, they don't conceive of moving their bodies except to step backwards out of the throw, and its done slowly with them.
Advanced players: whatever is there and is safe. There is a way to do a roll out of this that does not involve turning into the earth hand. Uke simply (ha ha) follows the earth hand downward. He influences his balance break to be toward the earth hand, but doesn't turn into it. He simply (ha ha) executes a forward roll from a backward position. Its really fun to do and very pretty at demos. It also is necessary if someone throws you quickly and with good connection. Its all you really have time to do unless you want to get your head bonked.