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Old 12-12-2006, 08:54 PM   #95
natasha cebek
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Dojo: MMA Academy,VT and Budokai M.A, MASS
Location: Vermont
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 50
Freaky! Re: To Slap the Ground or Not

I have found that the most important thing about Ukemi is that I don't get injured. Sometimes I slap, sometimes I don't..sometimes on a good day I can!! and then sometimes it's just plain fun to slap that ground nice and hard, just for fun. What it really boils down to is that I decide how I am going to hit the ground,floor or whatever. I have always been taught that I am solely responsible for the outcome of my own fall.
Ukemi is what it is-The art of falling.
And in an ideal "martial arts" world, we eventually learn to fly.
I was also always told by my Sensei to "be quiet and train", so I did.
When I stopped analyzing and questioning every single movement in the Dojo, then I was finally able to learn. If I have a pressing question, I'll think about it for a while and then ask on another day.
Slap the mat or don't...What matters, is the option to do so.


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