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Old 10-02-2004, 09:37 PM   #32
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Re: Kotegaishi weakness?


From my training, I think "taking the slack out" to be very important, but also very subjective. It takes on different manifestations depending on lots of variables (especially ukes mentality). I also have tapes of Tohei Sensei performing Kote gaeshi as a younger man, but, to be honest, I don't think I have a masterful understanding of his movement to see exactly what he is doing. And since I wasn't there to experience it, I feel I need to experiment for myself.

I definitely agree with following the energy of a good kote gaeshi. You really are compelled and just do it. But, when someone doesn't have the sensitivity to feel where they should go, you should be able to nudge their Ki in a similar fashion without cranking on them.

My thought is that I only have the right to take what energy is given to me, no more.

Last edited by MikeE : 10-02-2004 at 09:41 PM.

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