I've noticed that Arisue uses waist rope joined to thigh wraps (sort of half 'nawa pantsu' as Steve would call it) for mid support, whilst Steve uses a hip rope. Arisue joins his suspension rope to the TK by going around both wraps, Steve uses the inverted Y method with OPK.

What are the pros and cons of the various approaches? I can see the semi 'nawa pantsu' method might offer more options for transitions but is slower to rig. Nice to secure leg wraps for a transition to fumo-tsuri though. A hip rope is fast and minimalist but can slip. Horses for courses, again.

Has anyone noticed any other variations by other masters?