Re: Poll: How often do you actively slap the ground with your arms/hands when you fall during aikido training?
Slapping the mat is the wrong way of putting it I feel. To do soft ukemi I would tell students to extend and reach for the mat not slap it . If you tell someone to slap something they will move there arm forward and backward. It's not about doing nice rolls at all , it's all about extending the whole body and arm to dissipitate the energy of the throw. Try and do a nice ROLL out of a good kotegaeshi and if you can then you are doing your own thing and your not connected to shite. I voted often but I should have voted always, as good ukemi is the the best way for shite to learn the lines to do good technic. Job jobed I feel.