Back on July 3, I published a blog titled “The Kotegaeshi Challenge”. In a nut shell, my article challenged readers to give their opinions on a potential vulnerability in the execution of kotegaeshi.
What is this potential vulnerability with kotegaeshi I mention above? Once again, I would refer you to the many images you will see resulting from your search for “kotegaeshi”. I would like you to focus on uke’s free hand just at the moment he is leaping into his high fall.
Following the publication of the blog, there were numerous opinions submitted on this site and on Facebook that commented on this issue.
Now Christopher Hein Sensei of Aikido of Fresno- Chushin Tani Aikidojo has come forward with a very well-thought-out video that addresses the issue I bring up and also show a number of alternatives to the execute of the traditional kotegaeshi.
We welcome readers to continue providing their input on this important technical issue.
By the way, in his “Complete Guide to Aikido“, Morihiro Saito shows nearly 20 different kotegaeshi variations.