David Kai wrote:
Thanks Josh ... do you happen to know what the roots of the words are for Okuri and Tsugi?
Okuri 送り derives from the verb okuru
, meaning "to send", but also has an older meaning of "to follow". So, I suppose one could think of it as "sending" the front foot first, or thinking of it as the back foot "following" the front foot.
Tsugi 継ぎ derives from the verb tsugu
, which has a general modern meaning of "inherit", but has a broader meaning of "continuing, connecting". One way of looking at it, I suppose, is that the back foot "passes on" the movement to the front foot.