Thread: Koshinage Ukemi
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:43 AM   #29
Mario Tobias
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Re: Koshi Nage - Open Stance or Feet Together

Ellis Amdur wrote: View Post
I encourage teaching koshinage ukemi shortly upon entry into aikido. In fact, I think it should be taught before learning rolling. Then, there's nothing scary about it.

Ellis Amdur
I agree with Ellis on this statement. I learned high breakfalls simultaneously while learning rolling. I could do it competently in a few months time after starting aikido. It really depends on the dojo. There were like 30+ of us starting a few decades back and breakfalls were mandatory for 6th kyu. I've never heard of any injuries arising from this.

It's more the psychological fear of taking high ukemi that's more difficult to overcome, not the fear of risk of physical harm. Anyway, judo guys do it why not aikidoka?

Last edited by Mario Tobias : 01-29-2012 at 02:49 AM.
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