Re: Saito Sensei & the no-hands throw
Perhaps the uke was having a bad day and was being a bit indulgent. I have done it. Perhaps Saito used subtle movements to trick his uke into finding himself in a place where he could not continue to stand. Aiki seems to be a common tool used to disrupt an attack before it reaches you. Sometimes a throw works just because of the reputation of the teacher. I have been "thrown" by scary people because I did not want to get annihilated, not because person threw me perfectly.