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Old 07-31-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
DonMagee
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Re: Aikido™ and Aiki…do. Where are we at?

I'm sorry I can not go with you on not teaching ukemi. I have started a few students into judo without teaching any ukemi. It was NOT pretty.

Learning how to fall safely is a very important skill that is required if you are going to be throw. Sure you should not be taught to 'go with it' but if you do not know how to fall and get throw by a good judoka you are not getting up. I've seen badly hurt necks, knees, backs, arms, wrists, etc from guys who could of been spared if only they learned a simple break fall.

- Don
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