Re: Kokyu Nage (Twenty Year Technique)
It's not necessary for the head to go to the shoulder. If you do the tenkan really well, uke will be completely off balance. I should know, for that is what happened to me at the Aikikai Honbu dojo by the Sensei for that class. It was done so well on me that I didn't feel a thing yet I was flat on my back with the ceiling spinning in my head. The video recorder in my head has serious gaps in it about how the technique was done but I'm positive that my head never touched his shoulder.