Tori: Kimberly E. Burnett
Uke: Kate J. Bentley Tori's comments:
Tai Otoshi works best against a reverse punch (straight or roundhouse).and is the form demonstrated by George Kirby (p. 36). When used against a reverse punch, the attacker’s forward momentum can be used against them as their body’s natural inclination is to step forward with the back foot. In Kim’s example, her uke has already punched and Kim has stepped inside the punch with her left foot, then pivoted around on her left foot to face the same direction as the uke. Her right foot is placed in front of and just past her uke’s right foot, and Kim has shifted her own weight out to her left (side lunge).
Once Kim has positioned herself, the throw is executed by turning her whole
body to face to her left, shifting from a side lunge to a front lunge (her
feet pivot but do not move). This adds to the uke’s forward motion causing
them to fall forward. As they fall, their instinct is to step forward with
their right leg, but it is blocked by Kim’s right leg. To assist in
“encouraging” her uke to turn and fall, Kim’s grip has put
her right elbow up against the side of the uke’s head. As Kim turns
to face to her left, her elbow pushes her uke’s head around in a circular
motion adding another incentive to move and turn.