Thread: Hard Floor
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Old 10-27-2005, 09:54 AM   #9
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
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Re: Hard Floor

Maybe once in a while it helps to bring some realism, but I wouldn't think it was good for training. Last week I was teaching a hip throw (from a choke) to some beginners who couldn't ukemi, so i decided to put 2 big fluffy mats (about 12 inches thick) down - it speeded up the training considerably and nages were really getting much more practise in. I would consider this approach again, even for advanced students.

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