Re: Kata dori - tips to remember
this has become one of my favorite movements, recently because of the details one of my teachers gave to me
think of moving from one hanmi to another. uke grabs your left shoulder, you move back, from left hanmi to right hanmi. simply stepping backwards will pull uke ontop of you. janet explained it really well. i try to remember that just because the foot steps back, it doesn't mean i should transfer all my weight to that foot. my 'orientation' should still have a forward feel to it. hanmi to hanmi.
connectingthe shoulders and hips, the movement of drawing the shoulder back should feel like pulling a bow, opening the chest