Larry Camejo (L. Camejo) wrote:
Hence my initial point that without first maintaining one's own balance, there can be no disruption of the other's balance and effective application of technique.
I agree with this totally, tori must be balanced in order to maintain uke's balance and lead him into kuzushi before applying technique.
If you do this well, then you should be able to make uke totally reliable upon you to keep themselves from falling. You may only have the slightest of contact, but it's enough, only when you choose to change that do they fall.
Sharon Seymour wrote:
Timing is an interesting question: What comes first, the connection or the kuzushi? My impression over the weekend was that the kuzushi needs to be part of the connection. Uke is trying to connect with nage's center and break balance, and nage has to re-direct before that connection occurs....
Interesting one this. Is it simultaneously, or does one occur before the other? I think that the connection happens first, hopefully the instant that uke attacks. Kuzushi is part of the same process but comes from the connection, I don't think you can do kuzushi without it.
I like this thread.