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Old 12-16-2006, 11:54 AM   #7
Ellis Amdur
Location: Seattle
Join Date: May 2003
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Re: Ueshiba taking Ukemi

To "tank" is to take ukemi "as if" you are thrown. You throw yourself. Sometimes the teacher is aware of it and expects it because s/he sees himself as so potent and deadly that the student must move that way to survive. Other times, they are using the student as a "tool," to illustrate a principal. Still others actually believe they have the magic power, and that, with a wave of their hand, people simply fall.

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