Re: Poll: If you didn't train at all as uke, would you still be training aikido?
I know what Rolf Granlund is talking about. Often when learning a new technique I realize I'm doing something wrong, but I can't pin it down. Sometimes just having sensei perform the technique on me helps me figure it out.
Aikido is also an art of self defense. Anyone who really believes that they are always ready for anything is a fool. We can all be caught off-guard. Learning to roll and breakfall without thinking or planning can save you greater injury. Only years of training as uke can make falling so natural.