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01-21-2007, 01:30 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of January 21, 2007:

In which aikido role do you feel more physically comfortable?

I don't do aikido

Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=360).

Mark Uttech
01-21-2007, 08:24 AM
I voted "nage", not because i consider it 'better' than uke, but because I can be more in control of how the interaction pans out, especially when I do not know my partner. It is a tough poll, because when a confrontation comes out of the blue, being uke or nage might be up to you.

In gassho


01-21-2007, 05:18 PM
Uke is more comfortable in that I don't have as much responsibility for making everything look right.

Nage is more comfortable because I don't have to fall.

I think it's also true that Uke is more comfortable when training with sempai, and Nage is more comfortable when training with kohai. Taking ukemi for beginners can be awkwrd and very rarely more dangerous, whereas it's more painstaking and challenging to work with an advanced uke who will expect you to do the technique "right."

01-21-2007, 08:36 PM
i would vote "both," or "neither"

it's all one practice, the role doesnt matter so much to me personally

01-22-2007, 09:46 AM
I think uke is easier for me. Even though I shouldn't worry about doing the technique perfectly, I do. So when I am uke, I only have to worry about following through, following nage, and not hitting nage.

raul rodrigo
01-22-2007, 10:05 AM
Not hitting nage? Aren't you supposed to hit nage if you can?

01-22-2007, 10:40 AM
I'd be a another vote for both/neither. I don't think I am truly comfortable as either yet there have been moments as both though.

Neil Mick
01-23-2007, 01:22 AM
Now THAT's funny! 50/50 split, right down the middle. :D

01-23-2007, 05:36 AM
Not hitting nage? Aren't you supposed to hit nage if you can?

I think what Dylan means is physically clashing with nage. not a punch or a kick.

I'd go for both/neither, because at my current level - it really depends on the technique.

Karen Wolek
01-26-2007, 06:14 AM
You know, I've been thinking about this question on and off all week. At first, I thought I was even-steven, equally comfortable as both uke and nage. So I didn't respond, since that was not an option.

But to be honest, I am more comfortable as nage. There used to be a larger discrepancy between the two, so it has narrowed quite a bit. But I'm still better as nage than uke.

I have worked really hard to get my ukemi equal, but I am not there yet. I still get corrected by Sensei when taking ukemi, either for him or for another student. (I'm 1st kyu) But I recently watched a video of myself taking ukemi for a 5th kyu test....and you know, I didn't look that bad at all!

Getting there.....

Erick Mead
01-26-2007, 09:44 AM
The forward kind ...


Kim Rivers
01-27-2007, 12:15 AM
LIke others I would have voted for both ideally. I enjoy being uke. Getting the opportunity to follow my nage an dbe opne to where they take me. i enjoy falling and rolling a lot. As nage i am just learning to be opne to what uke brings as individuals to their "attacks". each is a unique opportunity and even as nage i find I do better when i don't have an agenda. Just moving and welcoming uke usually lets a technique emerge. It is a work in progress though. -Kim