View Full Version : Poll: What percentage of time in your aikido classes is spent specifically on teaching ukemi?
08-17-2003, 12:01 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of August 17, 2003:
What percentage of time in your aikido classes is spent specifically on teaching ukemi?
I don't do aikido
Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=179).
08-17-2003, 05:11 PM
I think you must remember in this that Ukemi is not simply falling - Ukemi is receiving technique (simple definition) and that is half of Aikido.
I find ukemi to be the biggest stumbling block (excuse the pun) in aikido. Beginners (esp. older ones and females) often hate rolling and many people who start aikido for self-defence wonder why they need to practise ukemi at all.
We do ukemi practice at the start of every lesson, but usually I make sure that it is also related to a technique (e.g. kokyu-nage, kaiten-nage); the techniques being done very gently.
For beginners I do some special additional sessions so that they rapidly learn to ukemi(I find people who are slow to learn ukemi loose interest quickly).
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