Irimi-nage

One of the four basic principles of our style is "Extend Ki." Well, okay, what does that mean? How do you do it? Last night practicing irimi-nage I think I had a glimpse.

Standing before my uke, waiting for a men-tsuke, this is extended ki. My focus and energy directed out to meet the attack, diverting it and moving through uke to complete the throw.

We did a lot of work on kokyu-nage, trying to refine our timing, footwork, and position, but it was meeting the incoming strike while practicing irimi-nage that felt like the lesson of the night.

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