Re: Koshi Nage - Open Stance or Feet Together
For what its worth I'm inclined to agree that the sooner a student learns how to deal with this type of ukemi the better. Theres lots of ways to ease into this type of training, and once a small amount of confidence is developed things tends to progress quite nicely. Its good to get rid of the fear early so to speak.
It certainly does make things much easier on uke though if nage helps and creates that nice pivot point by pulling up to assist uke as Ellis was referring to.
What I don't get is that in Judo practice this is all par for the course... but for most Aikido students learning ukemi like this is pretty scary.
It doesn't have to be IMHO.