Re: Leading your uke?
Last night in class Ron stressed again how leading was not about running around with your arm extended for uke to catch....I got that the idea was not about leading uke by the nose but by connecting with his body, mind and energy.
Nage can take uke's choices away by being fully present and moving in the void of the combined energy to create the harmony of a throw.
If that sounds like aiki bunny I understand. It really is a feeling that is hard to describe yet I fully understand it because as uke my legs go away and I no am able to stand up. As nage I can feel the precise moment of when uke no longer has their balance and can be easily thrown.