Discuss the article, "Appropriate Ukemi" by George S. Ledyard here.
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I don't have anything in particular to say but wanted to express my appreciation to the author for such an articulate and cogent essay on the subject!
Hit the Nail on the head
Yes, I would say that Mr. Ledyard hit the nail on the head with this article, it was so close to home, I wish I had written it!
The only time you should use resistence is when you are exploring why Aikido techniques work in reference to offensive maneovers.
When you try to resist, punch, kick, or show resistence, it should be for clarity to the movements of your techniques and how they are fluid enough to have a transitional flow without offering openings for offense.
When you train with this clarity, then your ukemi will improve along with all of the qualities you seek in Aikido training.
Sometimes, resistence is a good thing, when finding understanding, but only when both participants are not trying to show each other up, or either participant does not have a superiority complex.
I know that playing a role, to show cause for something that may seem silly when no one is trying to use a counteroffense, is sometimes a role that brings clarity or a reason for some of the classical movements of Aikido, so ... don't forget that a little resistence, and I mean just enough, to let your partner get a feel for a technique!
It will definitely bring some new meanings if you don't give any resistence, and it just might clarify transitional flow when uke finds openings in your technique.
What a wonderfully articulate and well discussed commentary. Thank you very much for your thoughts Mr Ledyard. My sensei during classes always tells nage to "stay connected" with the uke and vice versa and to sense the energy. He said that doing the technique and taking ukemi are very important elements of understanding the dynamic. I think Mr Ledyard's essay helped me clarify some of the thoughts I had about taking ukemi and doing aikido.
Yes there were times when Sensei instructed us to apply resistance but they were for very speicifc reasons. I think I have a better understanding some of the reasons behind his instructions now.
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