Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Nuts-on-rail roll and uchimata

One of my devoted readers sent me an email a few days ago, mentioning that he was working on uchimata. He didn’t really ask for my advice on uchimata, but here it is anyway. First a film clip to illustrate a (very painful) type of motion…



What this illustrates is not the idea that uchimata is supposed to jack uke’s nuts into his spleen – it’s not. Rather it illustrates that when you sit astride a rail that is too tall for your feet to touch the ground then your reaction tends to be to lay down forward along the rail and then roll sideways off the rail. This is how uchimata works for me – a lot of sideways roll and not much forward throwing. The trick is to get the top of your buttcheek under uke’s groin just as he peaks out in his stride so that he will lay forward parallel to your sweeping leg and roll.
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Here’s the big secret to uchimata – tori’s sweeping leg does not sweep uke’s legs. The only reason that you pick up that sweeping leg is because it raises the buttcheek that uke is sitting on so that his feet come off the ground.
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See if you can see the sideward rolling motion in the following video.

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