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Old 02-21-2006, 07:51 PM   #6
Ketsan
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Re: Why these techniques?

From what I've read about classical Ju-jitsu I should imagine that most of the submissions (I include kote gaeshi in this) were intended either to break a limb (especially the sword arm) prior to a throw or as they are now to restrain an attacker and/or place him in a position which allowed you to finish him off with a tanto, yoroi doshi or whatever you had to hand.

The throws, in their original form, were probably designed to drop uke on his neck and kill him outright or again place him in a position where his sword arm could be restrained allowing you to finish him off.

Often to achieve this it was nessecary to make sure your opponent couldn't take ukemi and one way of achieving this is to tangle his arms up (juji nage style) before throwing him.
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