Friday, June 12, 2009

Taiotoshi - mine or his?

Time for some specific examples of some of the otoshi-guruma ideas I've been talking about for the last couple of weeks. This is a video of an outstanding taiotoshi. Not only is this player superbly proficient, but this video makes the otoshi footdrop timing perfectly clear on every throw. Watch the slow motion segments, and you'll see that every throw happens right after a little footfall. Tori is catching uke right as his front foot comes down, and is keeping uke moving downward.

This brings up an age-old question that students nearly always eventually ask. I'll leave you with this question... "In taiotoshi (body drop), whose body is doing the dropping - mine or his?"
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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