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Old 12-19-2006, 12:16 AM   #49
Gernot Hassenpflug
Dojo: Aunkai, Tokyo
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 319
Re: Ueshiba taking Ukemi

Kuroda Tetsuzan writes about how he experienced for the first time being thrown, as in, bodily thrown, during normal kata practice where one of his deshi finally got right some of the "hidden motion" that allows the kata to work so effectively. He was surprised and frightened by that feeling, and when he asked his deshi about it they responded that they felt that way too when thrown by Kuroda. So, he recounts, he realized that the techniques when done right really were dangerous and certainly not the sort of thing to pull on beginners! I suppose that kind of ukemi is the one most common in judo/bjj, where you continue to fight after having been thrown despite your efforts not to be.
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