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Old 10-10-2011, 07:30 AM   #12
Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: Soft vs hard (correct?) kote gaeshi?

Okay, I have seen a few major variations of Kotegaeshi. I think the two that you are referring to are:

1. you move to the side of uke and use a downward motion to apply kotegaeshi. If you were holding a sword, you would be cutting the back of uke's leg.

2. you move in front of uke and tenkan. This tenkan puts a twist on the wrist, which you move downwards in an ark as you tenkan.

I personally find both to be effective in different circumstances. I have seen footage of O-sensei doing both. I don't think either is necessarily softer than the other. Both can be applied in a relatively hard or soft manner. My advice is to learn to do both of them well, and make up your own mind.
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