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Old 05-07-2006, 08:54 AM   #13
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Dojo: Ryokukai
Location: Michigan
Join Date: Feb 2006
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Re: In the dojo, 90% of Aikido is uke

I think the hardest thing about being uke is that you have to empty your mind of what you know is coming. If I know what is coming, I will tend to make sub-conscious adjustments to where nage will be. You have to focus on your job. "Punch nage in the face".... this has to be your only thought. It can be done at full speed or half speed as long as it is done with intent.
Good Randori is a very good example good ukes. If uke is anticipating during randori it tends to look very choppy and uke will more than likely end up with some type of injury either fighting back against a technique or jumping one way while nage is trying to go the other way.

Nathan Snow
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