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StevieT
05-18-2009, 05:50 AM
Does anybody know of any books or videos that focus on ukemi. I'm looking for some drills that go beyond simple forward and backward rolls. I'll be doing this on my own, so I want drills that start off low and safe and build up gradually to the more difficult and dangerous falls.
This is the sort of thing I'm looking for. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMpBpM38TMg) A book would be more useful though.

Peter Goldsbury
05-18-2009, 07:02 AM
Hello Steve,

We do some of these drills here in Hiroshima. Have you seen Ellis Amdur's DVD (Ukemi from the Ground Up)? There is also a DVD by Bruce Bookman.

What the Myanmar training does not show is that at some point you will need someone to throw you, even with the drills.

Best wishes,

PAG

Does anybody know of any books or videos that focus on ukemi. I'm looking for some drills that go beyond simple forward and backward rolls. I'll be doing this on my own, so I want drills that start off low and safe and build up gradually to the more difficult and dangerous falls.
This is the sort of thing I'm looking for. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMpBpM38TMg) A book would be more useful though.

Ron Tisdale
05-18-2009, 07:54 AM
I 2nd the recommendation for Ellis's material. I took part in a seminar he did, and the things he stressed helped me a great deal.

I also have to say that eventually you will want a partner.

Best,
Ron

StevieT
05-18-2009, 07:58 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check that out.

raul rodrigo
05-18-2009, 08:48 AM
Let me just add a third endorsement of Ellis's DVD. It's been very useful to me.

Don_Modesto
05-18-2009, 03:10 PM
http://judoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=19343

softocean
06-01-2009, 10:46 AM
Donovan Waite also has a nice dvd set on ukemi as well:

http://www.aikidocentercity.com/
http://www.aiki.com/

ninjaqutie
06-03-2009, 11:33 AM
I know there are tons of videos on youtube. As for things that you can do on your own, I have no idea how advanced you are. You can try leaping forward rolls (stack up a lot of pillows or something to dive over), you can do rolls through a hoolahoop and you can even try throwing yourself. It feels weird, but I always found that it helped me out. Good luck!

Stefan Stenudd
06-20-2009, 07:40 AM
Here's a refined way of doing kotegaeshi ukemi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gEUpMipl8Q
I wish I could...

Mark Uttech
06-20-2009, 12:34 PM
Onegaishimasu. The ukemi dvds by Donovan Waite are a definitive assist! Please do not deprive yourself!

In gassho,

Mark

Charles Hill
06-21-2009, 01:58 AM
Does anybody know of any books or videos that focus on ukemi. I'm looking for some drills that go beyond simple forward and backward rolls. I'll be doing this on my own, so I want drills that start off low and safe and build up gradually to the more difficult and dangerous falls.
This is the sort of thing I'm looking for. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMpBpM38TMg) A book would be more useful though.

Hi Steve, What is shown on your link is very similar to Donovan Waite's dvd, so I third or fourth (whatever it is up to now) the recommendation.

Did anyone else notice that the dojo in the clip looks exactly like the Iwama dojo?

Shadowfax
06-26-2009, 08:41 PM
I picked up "The Art of Falling" on Amazon.com last week. I have found it to be quite useful in helping me to learn how to take the falls. It covers Back rolls, forward rolls and break falls.

Also for the larger people. On Utube a fellow made me a pair of Videos on taking falls for the larger aikidoka. You might find them helpful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0X5EjwNlCY]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zbKfGSycSw&feature=related

kokyu
07-13-2009, 12:07 PM
Donovan Waite also has a nice dvd set on ukemi as well:

http://www.aikidocentercity.com/
http://www.aiki.com/

Ellis Amdur's DVDs are good for the basic ideas behind ukemi... I loved the part when he showed that kokyunage are often ways for nage to show off his projection skills, whereas uke has a choice of *not* rolling and protecting himself

Waite Sensei's DVDs are very good and his teaching is excellent, but I would be careful about applying his effective ukemi style in the dojo as they are not 'traditional' and can look a bit different from what is commonly taught... I guess it depends on how your Sensei thinks about it it... if he's supportive, then no problems

Some years ago, after watching Waite Sensei's DVDs, I was called up to help demonstrate a nage technique that involved mae ukemi... I usually make some noise when rolling, but this time I tried to apply Waite Sensei's techniques... and the rolls were pretty silent, and I was pleased with myself... but on further reflection, I was slightly troubled because I had shown a form of ukemi that was *not taught* in the dojo (and non-traditional) and could have sown some confusion in the junior belts...

Carl Thompson
07-13-2009, 05:20 PM
Did anyone else notice that the dojo in the clip looks exactly like the Iwama dojo?

That's because it is the Iwama dojo (The Ibaraki Shibu Dojo). Maung Maung Thant Sensei was uchi deshi there for a little over two years.

Voitokas
07-13-2009, 10:37 PM
I like Waite-sensei's videos as well..