08-18-2008, 02:39 PM
I'm curious what people think of the usefullness of gymnastics with regard to budo. In discussing ukemi I've seen many folks describe a lot of high-falls, etc. as being useless. I can understand the point about falling too easily and how that can make it appear that nage is doing good technique when he or she is not, but I also find the ability to fly into the air and land safely to be one of the greatest parts of my own budo experience.
Has anyone practiced both and if you have, how have you found them to be complimentary? How have you found them to contradict? Are flashy "falls" useless or just mostly so or are they even useful?