Recently I have been thinking a lot about my ukemi and what makes "good ukemi." In that vein I have noticed that many of the aikidoka whom I consider to have "beautiful" ukemi are able to take rolls and even breakfalls with nary a sound. I have been thinking about how this is possible, i.e. being softer, more fluid, etc. and trying my ideas on the mat but I have had little success. Anybody out there have any insight on how to have silent ukemi? Is "silent/quiet" ukemi "better" ukemi? What makes good ukemi anyway? Finally, how can I improve my ukemi?