I could feel the potential power and knew I had to get out the the way. He was also hard as a rock wall and grabbing his wrist was like hanging on to a 4" diameter pipe you could not stop from moving in any direction he wanted.
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I've enjoyed many a conversation with folk from that era in So Cal and Hawaii. The one comment I'll never forget was when I was at an event and sitting with a number of people who similarly had smaller sized class mat time with Tohei. One fella said his kotegaeshi was like someone laying a pallet of bricks on your hand. He just did it very gently... All those present who had the opportunity to experience it directly from Tohei agreed. They said they didn't feel like he was "forcing" them, but they were going down and nothing was going to stop it. So the power was undeniably there, but... being applied somehow very differently.
I always thought that was a great way to explain how it felt.