practice slowly and carefully
1. Stretch out uke, usually after atemi.
2. Step in sideways next to uke's groin so that if one was looking directly down from above, uke and nage would form a "T."
3. Squat low enough so that your hara (center) willl be below uke's hara.
4. When first learning, uke and nage should cooperate in order to get the hara of uke and nage to line up.
5. Uke should reach around and hold nage's and shoulder. (Many people grab the gi, but when working with women, one often gets a handfull of breast. So grabbing around the shoulder joint can prevent embarrassing moments and I actually think it's more comfortable and safe for both uke and nage.)
6. At first, just practice balancing uke on your hara — don't throw immediately. Do this several times.
7. When you feel you have good control of the first part of the waza, then throw. But notice that one can throw ever so slowly at first if one wishes. In the event that uke is nervous taking such falls, practicing slowly will help to build uke's confidence. I've found, generally speaking, aikidoists try to do this waza too fast, and this is why they seldom master it and feel comfortable when doing it. Both uke and nage should have a good, safe feeling when doing this technique.
Once again, the short list: Atemi, stretch uke, form a "T," squat (and uke grabs shoulder), balance on hara, throw.
Last edited by mike lee : 04-15-2003 at 11:26 AM.