Thread: Shihonage Ukemi
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:06 AM   #63
Basia Halliop
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Re: Shihonage Ukemi

Well yes, this is the way we also understand it in the dojo I know:
It is ukes responsibility not to get hurt. This is what makes good ukemi so demanding.
For the most part, I basically agree with that... but since all grades practice together and there are no weight categories, I think it does sometimes need some common sense adjustment on the part of nage - you don't intentionally give someone way more than you have reason to believe they can likely handle, particularly someone less experienced than you.

E.g., I think your statement applies differently if nage is a shodan and uke is a fifth kyu, versus two dan ranked students together.
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