Re: Rolling with a sword?
The teacher from Yagyu Shingan Ryu on the Aikido Journal Friendship demo dvd goes into detail about this subject. Their art is divided by social rank in terms of the things practiced. If I remember correctly, those of samurai rank, did not do rolls. Some of the ukemi looked like cartwheels and the such. It was the level of those who assisted the samurai, help put on armour, fed the horses, etc, that did rolls. They were not allowed to wear a sword. It was at this level that sacrifice throws were practiced as well. The samurai (that did YSR) never went to the ground. I highly recommend the dvd.