Throwing should not be percieved as an attack or a defense by nage. Nage is just a medium where he sets up the optimal environment where uke throws himself. Uke's main opponent is the physical laws, not nage per se. It can be physical or mental, but mental (taking the mind) would also result to taking the physical balance as an end result. The lesser nage is in the picture during the technique, the better the technique imho.
The best example that I can think of is Endo sensei, no grabbing whatsoever, just redirecting. He let's gravity and physics work its magic but he's just there to set it up initially or continuously manipulates uke where these are optimal for uke to fall. Maintaining balance is after all working against gravity, its not working against nage. That's my theory anyway.
Last edited by Mario Tobias : 12-13-2011 at 07:11 PM.