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Old 04-26-2011, 06:02 AM   #14
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Re: Basic Kamae - What to do when the Nage's fingers get grabbed

George S. Ledyard wrote: View Post
However, the fellow being countered wasn't running any real connection to the center...
Hi George -

Understanding that the clip was a demo of a counter, and not a "how to perform nikkyo" performance, a couple of observations:

In addition to not connecting with uke's center, extending the fingers during the execution of the technique is an invitation for uke to grab them, just as was demonstrated. If nage had extended Ki with a slight irimi, as he began the technique, in order to unbalance uke a bit and connect with his center, relaxed his wrist and let his fingers conform to the shape of uke's forearm just above the wrist, there would have been no opportunity for uke to counter.

George S. Ledyard wrote: View Post
A technique done really properly doesn't get countered.
A point that was emphasized time and again by Maruyama sensei; usually while he was countering one of my attempts to throw him.



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