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Old 01-12-2007, 08:41 AM   #18
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Re: Backward Roll - Risks and benefits

Peter A Goldsbury wrote:
So we do forward rolls and backward rolls in a straight line from either side, the backward roll being a mirror image of the forward roll.
This is also how we will practice at our dojo. The only time I can think of this particular ukemi coming into play, is during slower training with less impact, but still only done as an exercise. However, I'll pay very close attention to always "seeing" in the direction of my roll. If I'm not fully aware, the only blind spot might be the immediate two to three feet, directly behind me.

As an exercise, I like to see just how slowly I can perform a backwards roll, beginning from standing. Trying to take momentum out of the equation is very interesting.

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