Re: Ueshiba taking Ukemi
It seems to me, and in my personal experience, the "secrets" of aikido lie in the ukemi.
I've also noticed that when I go around taking ukemi for everyone, I tend to feel much better later and the next day. Could be the exercise I get from it. Being Nage, you don't get much of a cardio workout, but being thrown around everywhere and having to get up and attack again and again.....
Not to mention, the fun part is being thrown, or having to take ukemi.