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Kokyu Ho basics

Good position.
Step around to the side of your partner. 
"Lower your shoulders, joints, hips and mind" 

Kuden (Secret of the art bequeathed orally by the Fonder) 

With your held wrist in the center of the motion, you will be in position to perform an upward swing. Prior to the throw, take one step to the rear of your partner. Unrelaxed shoulders and nervousness about the hold on your hand will produce the worst results in training effectiveness. 

If you become nervous about the hold on your hand, your shoulders will get stiff and you will become immovable.