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Old 04-06-2011, 11:15 PM   #11
Rabih Shanshiry
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Re: slap or silent in ukemi?

Henry Ellis wrote: View Post
Early Aikido was always silent throws as if you were being thrown on concrete as Marc has said...I am surprised to see that many Aikido dojos do a lot of mat slapping, maybe they like the sound ?
You'll find a lot of slapping ukemi in the pre-war footage of Ueshiba. Not saying it's better or worse (because I don't know)...only that slapping was certainly a part of early, traditional aikido. The Yoshinkan still follows this method. I'm guessing that not slapping was likely a post-war convention.
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