Re: Ukemi and Kokyu
I think I understand where David is coming from. Let me posit thusly...
If some level of leg strength, breath control, relaxed body connection and being able to receive force and move from the center are requisite for developing some kokyu skills, then the specific way in which ukemi is performed - not as a means of falling over or escape, but as a means to condition the body in this manner - could be viewed as a legitimate method for kokyu development, or at least the start of it.
Whether it is the best way to do so is quite another thing. In the absence of alternatives, we have no basis for comparison.
The other thing I would posit is that ukemi might start out as big, expansive movements when first learning, but as one gets better at receiving force, ukemi becomes less external and more internal, IOW, motion approaching stillness.
Just thinking out loud...
Last edited by eyrie : 02-13-2007 at 06:31 PM.