Saturday, January 10, 2015

KDN #8-9 - ushiro ryokata dori

For the next pair, uke seeks to get still-tighter control over tori's center.  Instead of a wrist-and-collar grab, uke moves to secure both shoulders in an ushiroate-like attack.  The problem with this is the time between uke letting go of the wrist and grabbing the shoulder.  Check out a couple of techniques that can fit in that space, like tenkai kotehineri...

or kotegaeshi...

Interestingly in this pair, tori is using the same strategy - use the hand that uke just let go of to reach and grab uke's hand off his opposite shoulder.  What differentiates these two techniques is how tori's hand happens to fall upon uke's.

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