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Largo
12-05-2001, 08:46 AM
Hey all,
I'm pretty new to aikido, and I'm having some difficulty with the tobi ukemi. If possible, I would ask my sensei/sempai. However, my japanese skills are sadly lacking. So, if anyone has any advice on how to keep a tobi ukemi from turning into a headfirst dive into the mats, I'd really appreaciate it.

Thanks in advance

Largo

Andy
12-05-2001, 08:49 AM
Look back (at your feet), not down (at the ground).

Jon C Strauss
12-05-2001, 12:53 PM
Howdy,

Originally posted by Andy
Look back (at your feet), not down (at the ground).

But not too soon, or you'll end up doing a really big breakfall--which is still a lot of fun!

Peace,
JCS
RMKS at CSU

shihonage
12-05-2001, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Largo
So, if anyone has any advice on how to keep a tobi ukemi from turning into a headfirst dive into the mats, I'd really appreaciate it.


1) Bow, until your hand can touch the mat.
2) Imagine that you're holding a beachball in your arms.
3) Tuck your head in.
4) Push off with rear foot and roll over your forward arm.

This should be enough for now.