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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General My Bad Ukemi ;-) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #13 New 08-16-2003 12:47 AM
...perhaps isn't all *that* bad, but certainly could get better if I continue to remember the following things (as I've been told).

Ushiro ukemi:
- aim a few feet ahead when doing initial turn out and backwards with rear leg (gives more momentum to roll)
- keep chin tucked in and focus on centre/obi knot (for better roundness)
- arch back more! I seem to be relaxed while rolling (good in itself, but so much so that I apparently have a tendency to crumple in/flatten out a little)
- inner elbow should stay close to inner knee (to help keep knee off mat)
- use hands (knife-edge) more to push up and off mat
- fling outer leg back, keeping it straight and landing with this foot flatly in position for hanmi (instead of on toes as I have a bad habit of doing)

Tobu ukemi:
- bring grasping hand into centre (not side of hip); should help body land straighter (instead of over-rotated, which puts you in a position to bang your knees severely on the mat --- as I have found out the hard way :-P)
- tip over (not straight down but) leaning ahead slightly, as if to project forward
- "mat slapping"-hand should be out and back well before body hits the mat, and should be right next to body (not outwards at an obtuse angle from it ie. 45 degrees, as I am in the habit of doing)

The time Sensei took to go over the basic elements of rolling (and critique us individually) was widely appreciated --- there were a lot of unexplained details that many of us found were never brought to our attention when we were initially taught these rolls, so it was a really good class in this respect. That we took it relatively easy --- most likely due to the heat --- was also nice too. ;-)
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