While practicing kata te tori ai hamni shihonage I get to stress the importance of moving correctly from the first touch, and have a little fun with this young aikidoka.
Shihonage is a difficult technique to do efficiently and correctly.
There is a wealth of information gleaned from that first moment of contact. Being open and sensitive to it is key on both sides, for uke and nage.
Then, being able to move, adjust and fit your body in a way that utilizes and takes advantage of that information (the attackers position and movement, their intentions, their structure…) must also be facilitated.
All in an instant.