Re: Poll: For the basic version of tenchinage, what kind of fall do you think is more appropriate?
I guess I am in the minority as I voted for the forward fall. Though the poll did not distinguish between the two, I prefer the forward fall to the forward roll, which I think is a bit confusing.
As for those questions as to how it is done, the answer is to hold tightly onto the earth hand and use it as the point over which uke flips himself (remember that ukemi is not something done to you, it is something you do). I agree with some posters that the backfall would be more appropriate for an advanced tenchinage in which tori's hip is used prominently. However, the question refers to a basic tenchinage. And I interpret "basic" in terms of tori's form, not necessarily the skill with which it is executed.