but,...then would not tai sabaki be the basic technique...?
The image I posted shows something like that only do you use the other (free) arm to irimi. But yes I think it is something like that....
Hi Tim. Tai sabaki is a motion not a technique. Therefore it would put you in the position to tenkan and perform the technique or iriminage. It is very basic when you look at it motion wise.
To get to one side of the body you have two choices depending on which foot is foreward ie; posture. You can enter irimi/tenkan or if the other posture then tai sabaki. That's the simplicity I see.