Just Do It

With uke holding nage's palm-down wrist (katate-tori),

  1. Nage determines the energy and force needed to pull away (or if pulling away is even possible). Returning to starting position, this time,
  2. Nage looks at fingernails, reaches reach up and adjusts glasses or pats the hair.
  3. Compare the energy necessary to perform these familiar motions to the energy needed to pull away from the hold.

Women are said to typically "look at their fingernails " with the hand palm down, men with the palm up. For this exercise, start with palm down then rotate hand palm up to look at nails. This rotation of the hand, like other rotational movements, is extremely difficult to stop.

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