hooking/rolling uchi mata w/ questions
I've been trying to work on uchi mata for a while now, and have never been good at it, although I hit it once or twice a week in randori. Here is a few uchikomi and one nagekomi.
Since I play lefty, and most of my opponents are right-handed, I've been working on offsides-grip uchi mata, as seen in the video. Here, though, instead of elevating uke onto my hip for a big rise-and-fall, I hook the leg and roll with them. I find this works better on a wider variety of body types. This variety is extremely, extremely common in sambo.
The kuzushi pushes uke out onto their front corner, rather than up on the toes and forward, like a traditional entry.
So, two questions: If I want to get a big rise-and-fall, should I pull out more on the kuzushi, instead of pulling to the back pocket after I initiate the throw? What about the position of the reaping leg?
Also, do you guys feel that my initial step should be deeper, and that I should aim for the far leg? That seems to be the consensus from other players/coaches that I have asked.