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Old 02-12-2006, 11:28 AM   #11
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Re: Poll: For the basic version of tenchinage, what kind of fall do you think is more

Whatever you are being thrown into?!

Just the other day I attended a seminar in which the teacher threw uke tenchinage. Uke took a forward roll out of it. Teacher says: "No, donīt do that, take a backwards roll!" He tries again and uke - again - takes a forward roll. He clearly had no other option! The teacher told him off again and I was thinking how stupid that was. Shouldnīt ukemi be something one takes in order to be safe and shouldnīt it be a natural reaction to ukeīs balance being broken? Therefore I feel that the type of fall I take is not so much my own choice. Of course if the technique is done softly or done by someone with less experience then I have more choice, and I have seen and done both forward and backwards rolls off it. The same would count for any other technique, I should think.
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