Technique Not Force
So, Friday night was an open mat night with Chris, Buddy and myself. Mr. Mulligan asked us to review Shodan requirements. We were going down the list, each of us taking turns coming up with stuff. Then we got to a Moretetori attack. We are supposed to do 5 responses for this attack.
Apparently on Wednesday night, Sam taught a response that was something like osotogari. There are different ways to do it but getting kazushi is really important. Buddy decided to try one out. He put me in a bad position where he didn't enter like he was supposed to and didn't have my balance. My foot that he is supposed to reap had a lot of my weight on it. Further, his pushing on it forced my foot more into the floor and it was just plain stuck. Then he began to turn my body. The result was that my knee was torqued pretty good. No real damage. I'm guessing he stretched some tendons/ligaments pretty bad. It bothered me for a few days. It's pretty much gone now.
But here is an example of someone seeing a technique, but not understanding what makes it work. It's ok that he doesn't understand the kazushi behind this. However, he's been around a while. He still has a habit of pushing through a technique. If a technique isn't working, he doesn't stop to understand why.... he just applies more force. He's the same way with controls.
I know he feels that stuff is not working as easy as it should. He should be really trying to study why things aren't working.