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Old 04-07-2011, 02:23 AM   #12
Jeff Sodeman
Dojo: San Diego Jiai Aikido
Location: San Diego
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 76
Re: slap or silent in ukemi?

I'm in the don't slap camp. And as for Furman in the Systema clip, remember that both of the guys have extensive backgrounds in other fighting styles and especially competition on mats - slapping is an incredibly hard habit to break.

At times you may have to fast-touch the mat during a fall to adjust your rotation, but it's not the same thing as the energy dispersing slap that's more common.
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