My friend and I had an argument about the shuto uke.
He thought it was weak and impractical until Sensei showed him how to use it tp block and then grab the arm and pull the opponent in for a sweep, punch or throw.
Last year’s Sanshinkan tournament. Bagged gold in my weight category kumite since most of the better competitors never showed up. Happy about that, but not too happy. Silver in the open weight kumite. Beat a fast black belt to get into the finals; come from behind victory via ura mawashi. Happy about that. USA represent. November 2013.