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Old 10-09-2002, 10:46 AM   #16
Paul Smith
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 59
Toyoda Sensei's emphasis was on maintaining the extension of uke's arm, primarily by ensuring uke's arm "scraped" across nage's back on the way through the "pivot cut" to bring uke's hand into position at their shoulder. It "scrapes across the back" if nage bows, and maintains this bow, after entering through (for omote) or after beginning soto-pivot (for ura). Analogy: "look at the penny on the floor" as you pivot.

Paul Smith
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