I figured I'd resurrect this 2008 post for my current thread on junokata. I had posted an old video of junokata and asked, basically, "What does this have to do with judo?" Marks chimed in with a great answer:
Although it dosent resemble at all what we call Judo, it does show the principles upon which judo rest, which are body mechanics, balance manuipluation, fluidity and technique.
I agree. In fact I think Junokata is a great exercise for developing these qualities, but just to carry this discussion a touch farther, does the following not demonstrate those same qualities to a large degree?