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Old 07-17-2008, 06:47 PM   #8
Bryan Sproles
Dojo: NOLA Aikido
Location: New Orleans
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 31
Re: Techniques for beginners

For ukemi practice, my sensei would require us to do it from a sitting position until he felt that we understood it well enough to try from a squatting position, and then finally from standing.

Something a fellow student reminded me of the other day - when students perform their forward rolls, remind them that they will be going in whatever direction their elbow points -- I knew plenty of beginners who would roll at weird angles and sometimes just barely miss another student because they weren't thinking in advance which way to roll.

I would think for absolute beginners, starting with suwari waza would be helpful - not only because falling is not as difficult, but you're also still learning the basics of the techniques.

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