For our first session of February, we continued with our juji-gatame training, this time focusing on how to straighten the arm.
For tachi-waza, we tackled something quite hard: uchimata. There are so many ways to do uchimata. The leg movement alone has so many variations. I taught them the catch-up version. While there is consensus on what the sleeve hand (hikite) should do, there are many different variations on what the lapel hand (tsurite) should do. For this, I taught the the Tenri grip, which is the favored tsurite grip of many uchimata specialists, such as Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia.