Re: Poll: How different are the roles of nage and uke to you?
I accept your advice: 'teach beginners not to tense'. I'm a hypocrite though, I tense around old injuries - working on it.
It's good that you own your bad feelings about the student getting hurt. I was uke for koshi nage training - which I thought the class I was in was not ready for. Sure enough the body builder student threw me through his right knee. Had I been in top form I could have changed my center and not hurt him. He trained a while longer but has not been back. Damn.
The student you describe should heal though.