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Old 11-21-2005, 11:50 AM   #5
Clayton Drescher
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Dojo: Beach Cities Aikido
Location: Long Beach, CA
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 72
Re: Should the leg be straight in the Breakf

Interesting about the possible connection to back problems

At my last dojo we landed with leg bent....the straight leg was for when we conciously worked on jiu-jutsu and ground-work.

We emphasized the quick turn-around for another attack, though, and getting up fast was valued. When I land with a straight leg I bruise and strain my knee more so than with a bent leg. But the way we landed with a bent leg, the whole side of the leg contacted the ground at the same time, so the impact was spread evenly, and there was less distance on the foot from the point of rotation, so there was less force acting on it, thus a lighter impact. But I'm very aware everyone lands differently, so I may have just found my niche.

Just some thoughts,
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