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Old 01-27-2002, 12:49 PM   #4
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 915
I agree entirely! I think students suffer in the long run when ukemi is an afterthought. I try to get some extra falls in if I can get to class early, but this pesky war business is cutting into my free time . I may need to take sweats to the office to roll around at lunch if I don't start to get out of the office earlier...

As for the older students...rolling is fine, but I tend to worry about high breakfalls and sidefalls with 80 year old bones . One 80+ shodan at my last dojo would complain when we worked together that he liked my breakfalls, and could no longer do them himself. I would reply that if he tried with me and didn't break his hip, I'd wring his neck... that I wasn't going to breakfall at 60, let alone 80. Common sense needs to used occassionally...
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