Daren Sims wrote:
Tori takes a small step, not quite making up the ground to uke, and this would be ideal position for kotegaeshi for instance. The presence or absence of a weapon could influence the style of the kotegaeshi, eg blade up from a slash can be dealt with in standard fashion (or what seems standard to me across various styles), blade down in stabbing fashion might require a certain adaptation to turn the blade back on uke.
Thanks for the explanation Daren
This paragraph really caught my eye... actually, I did quite a bit of tanto practice recently... and you are right, the way uke holds the blade has an influence on the technique...
I've noticed the following:
1) For tsuki, people seem to prefer stabbing with the blade facing upwards
2) For yokomenuchi, there appear to be 3 styles:
(i) Stabbing with the thumb on the end... and the cutting edge on the upper side
(ii) Stabbing with the thumb on the end... and the cutting edge on he lower side
(iii) Holding the tanto in a handshake grip and flicking the knife sideways
It would be interesting to hear how other people hold their tanto