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Old 05-20-2010, 09:11 AM   #54
Basia Halliop
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 711
Re: Using less force on a smaller person w/o being patronizing

No you get a throw that is less powerful. Try it then ask the uke. We have to lose power to become powerful. And the power we have to use is breath power not muscle power.
That doesn't match with my experience so far.

Can you define 'breath power'? In such a way that it's something fundamentally different from muscle power?

Well, yes and no. It depends on the method. I used to get criticized for "finishing" my throws too hard - smashing uke to the mat. All I think I was doing was timing my release of the throw to the transfer of weight to the appropriate foot. Acceleration of body mass through the hand, rather than trying to fling someone around by hand.
When I transfer the weight first and then finish the throw, uke is not challenged as much to land well. (comes from the judo days, throw the guy a foot below the tatami, and then squeeze him a little deeper)
Yeah, this makes sense to me. Definitely when I say 'using more force' I'm not talking about upper body...

Last edited by Basia Halliop : 05-20-2010 at 09:18 AM.
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