A quick post, to follow my Strangelove ramblings.*
That initial kokyu motion is key. A decent analogy, I think, would be a sword draw and “do” cut to uke’s midsection.
I taught the technique last night, as best as I could, in our beginners’ class. I think Ryan and Kevin were a bit nonplussed after I threw them–the ukemi is a lot more active, and practically demands breakfall if good connection is kept.
Honestly, those videos of Hagihara and Waite Sensei answer a lot of questions I’ve had about the technique, particularly with regards to kuzushi.
* Did anyone catch the allusions? Am I that old?