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Old 03-26-2012, 06:27 AM   #37
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Re: Response to: It Had to be Felt #4: Arikawa Sadateru: "Please, put your hand Down!

Don J. Modesto wrote: View Post
I don't think I've ever seen a Honbu SHIHAN with such a slovenly presence. His technique didn't look very precise to me. His pins were arresting (er, to watch, that is; no pun intended)--much different from the canon. I agree that his doing them at the speed he did without injury is a testament to some degree of control.
I can certainly understand your points, but check out the throw at 1:00. The moment uke lands (even a bit before), Arikawa has Uke's arm extended and his free hand placed on a pressure point on uke's face, effecting a stretch/pin on uke. To me, that shows that he he knows what he's doing and why. He repeats this kind of technique a number of times. Niall Matthews has previously written about Arikawa Sensei's knowledge of anatomical points, and this demo highlights a lot of that IMO.
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