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Shomen Uchi Dai-Ikkyo Ura Wasa

Shomen Uchi Dai-Ikkyo Ura Wasa 

Ura-Waza (Turning techniques) : your partner comes forward with a big stride, counter the move with a small stride. When your partner uses a small stride, move in with a big stride and your toes properly aligned. This is how react to your partner's varied approaches. The point is expressed figuratively in the Founder's Kunden : "Two plus eight equal ten, Four plus six equal ten. Five plus five equal ten." By the time your toes have been properly aligned, the rotation of your hips should already be under way. If you move in too deep, you will find impossible to perform this technique effectively against your partner if he starts putting up resistance.  
Omote waza is a technique employed in a mutually oblique stance and Ura Waza is applied in the case of a reverse oblique stance. 

Pointers regarding Dai-Ikkyo Ura Waza 

Exhibits #5 and #6 show the toes properly aligned and your partner's arm pinned circular and effectively. Exhibit #7 shows the toes too far apart and Exhibit #8 illustrates the knee too deep alongside your partner’s. Both #7 and #8 are wrong.