Re: Is Tohei the only one…?
I suspect many of the taller students, myself included, have had the converse issue when paired with a relatively short partner in which their hips are so much lower than ours that it's impractical to try to get beneath them. It only makes sense that certain techniques are going to have to be adapted/modified to deal with unforeseen circumstances. Think of the scene in "Game of Death" when Bruce Lee (5' 6'' 140lbs) has to try to deal with Kareem Abdul Jabar (7' 1'' 230lbs). Now go even further an imagine Osensei (5' 130lbs) vs Shaq (7'1'' 325) !!!! I don't care who you are, that's going to rock your world. It can be done, but you're going to have to rethink everything. Adaptability is the mark of a truly good art/artist in my book.