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Kibisu-gaeshi: Why is it Considered Different From Kuchiki-taoshi

Kibisu-gaeshi Compared To Kuchiki-taoshi

At first glance Kibisu-gaeshi, one of the extended Gokyo looks very similar to Kuchiki-taoshi. The only difference appears to be that Tori grabs the back of Uke's ankle instead of the back of his leg. So why then is Kibisu-gaeshi considered to be different from Kuchiki-taoshi?

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As always, the answer lays in the Kuzushi or breaking of the balance. To begin with, by going down to the ankle Tori is changing both his and Uke's centre of gravity.

Changing The Centre of Gravity

By changing his centre of gravity Tori is making himself more stable. Whereas the change in Uke's centre of gravity is making him more unstable. But if Uke were to simply move forward as long as he was flexible enough, he could avoid the backward fall. It is only by Tori holding his elbow in place that Uke has his balance taken away from him.

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It is worth noting that unlike Kuchiki-taotshi Tori does not need to go under the control arm and move to the back of Uke in order to complete the throw. Thus the difference between the 2 throws.

Defeating The Throw

It is also worth noting that to avoid the throw all that Uke has to do is move his leg away from Tori's hand. By doing so Tori is now in a very venerable position. Not only could Uke push Tori to the mat with his free hand, thus potentially setting up for groundwork, but if he were strategic, he could easily move into a strangle.

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