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Old 07-17-2003, 02:37 PM   #5
Janet Rosen
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Hi. I think you are already on the right track, recognising that there are several "visualizations" or metaphors, and that not each person responds to the one commonly used in his or her dojo!

Besides the beachball, I've also heard "water coursing through your arms and out your fingertips", "give the person behind your partner a big hug" as well as various practical tips like focus on the triceps, open the hands out and so there is physical contact between the backs of your palms/fingers and uke's wrists, relax and extend outward so uke's elbows rise then shoulders....if uke resists strongly, relax totally on that side and let them fall *that* way instead of where you "wanted."...

one thing I love about kokyudosa is how its never the same twice if you keep playing with it....

Janet Rosen
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