Prepare the arm in front of the chest with the palm facing upwards. When executing gedan barai, incorporate a sharp twist in the wrist and move the elbow sufficiently. Close the fist for basic practice. Later on you can experiment otherwise. In gedan (or chudan) barai the outside of the arm is used to push, parry or deflect an attack. The actual basic gedan barai is like jodan uke not impossible to be used, but such techniques are likely to transform according to the situation. Both are the most basic methods to understand the principles of movement.
Learn HOW to turn with your body in one smooth movement. It basically comes down to two things: one at the start and one during the movement.
Gedan Barai is basic practise is "just" basic practise. Well - not just. It's learning the neutral. Understanding that so you will realise the meaning of the full scope.
It's how you move to Osae Uke. Or Soto Harai Uke. It's all connected to Gedan Barai and in a way it's the same things as it has the same origin.
Note: Practice correcting the distance after Gedan Barai or practise to execute Mawashigeri from short range. Free advice: Try to use the ball of the foot...
Turn Gedan Barai into Soto Harai Uke when the opponent attacks with Sokuto. Continuously slide in, control his Kamae and attack with Gyakuzuki.
Ever wondered why top instructors are faster than you? It's often not what they do. Rather: what they don't do...
This method teaches you how to combine Seichujiku with Chinshinho. It is not a practical training per se - it is a fundamental training. To program your body. Developing movement patterns that create sharp and stable movement.