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Old 08-21-2006, 09:59 AM   #10
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Re: Kuzushi for kaiten nage

When you do bokken cutting (paired practise) and you hold down someone elses bokken, that is drawing the person forward slightly (so you can end with a throat cut). It is the same feeling, with your hips sinking slightly. Timing has to be correct - it is a continuation of the strike a fraction (and note necessarily hard), just to ensure that they are slightly outside their 'circle of power' as Ueshiba might have said. This actually works better with stronger attacks because the body is locked to transfer power and the moment of impact (thus tipping the arm tips their centre as well). With floppy attacks the hands just gets brushed down.

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