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Old 05-15-2009, 08:19 AM   #9
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Re: O sensei and 'correct ukemi'

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Mark Murray wrote: View Post
Hi Ron,

I think Peter means exactly what he said. I remember reading posts and/or articles about it. That when Ueshiba wanted an uke, you had to know what attack he wanted or he didn't call on you again. But I can't find any of the posts/articles again.
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Found this:

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...ack#post183743

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Peter Goldsbury wrote:
I myself have heard from Ueshiba's deshi that taking ukemi for O Sensei was of crucial importance. Skill in (1) reading his intentions as to what kind of attack he wanted and (2) understanding and exploiting the openings he gave became a yardstick for the deshi themselves (individually, once again) to measure their own proficiency.