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Old 07-05-2006, 08:15 AM   #13
Peter Goldsbury
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Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
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Re: landing on my back in forward roll

Michelle Heer wrote:
I'm new to Aikido (2 months) and I really like it.However like alot of people I'm finding I have trouble with my rolls, mostly forward. I hear alot of people have trouble falling on their shoulder. I seem to go crooked and then hit my back. People at my dojo say I'm coming untucked but I'm not aware how to fix it. All I do know is not being able to roll properly is causing me to dread going to class. I try practicing at home but it really hurts and I'm afraid if I continue doing it wrong I'll fear the pain and then have to deal with that.If anyone has any suggestions for me I would really appreciate it.

Thanks so much, Michelle Heer
Hello Michelle,

In my own dojo, we take beginners aside and have a special 'ukemi corner' during every class. For example, last night the advanced students practised two-person attacks, but the beginners, slowly and in their own time, practised ukemi and techniques requiring basic ukemi. We simply do not allow beginners to practse techniques that require ukemi that we consider they are not ready for.

So I strongly suggest that you consult your immediate teacher.

Best wishes,

P A Goldsbury
Hiroshima, Japan
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