John Seavitt wrote:
I'd be curious to know the context of ukemi in ono ha itto ryu (or others) kata to get a better sense of this. Particularly if somebody does ukemi and goes on to 'win', eh?
To the best of my knowledge, for ukemi while weapons are in an obi, there is only one kodachi situation where the person who took ukemi goes on to win. The general setup of shidachi and uchidachi is simply not conductive to having weapons situated in an obi, taking ukemi, and winning... Nevertheless, learning how to roll is useful primarily for learning how to fall and recover quickly without hurting oneself or one's weapons is critical in a variety of situations - even if some are theoretical.