Bryan Bateman wrote:
I`m at odds with the vice like grip
. I don`t disagree that it can be very beneficial in some instances, and indeed required in others, but I think that is largely due to me not having moved well enough in the first instance. My argument being that if you grip hard on uke, it actually gives uke something to resist and fight against, the softer and lighter your touch the less he has to fight with.
Yesterday I took your argument to my sensei. So here goes...
I said: "Sensei, some guy I met over the internet says that strong grip gives uke something to fight against and may actually make the technique more difficult"
Sensei said," Is it true? Lend me your arm, and resist with all your might."
I thought, "Oh Sh@t, why I always get into such trouble. Bryan you owe me a megapint Guiness for this"
He used katatemochin hijiate kokyunage to illustrate. First he used a loose grip, not much of a technique I thought until he atemi the elbow joint, I have to go forward. Then he said, I will now try the strong grip. The same technique, he grip very hard, twist my arm, very tight, and difficult to move and followed by a atemi to the elbow. At the last moment he let go and whew I can flip over...
Loose grip, tight grip, I still flip forward. Insert <Borg voice...>... Resistance is Futile
...< end of Borg voice>
So much to learn, so little time. Sigh.