Re: Should obese aikidoka do break falls?
I think we need to be carefu lwith the term obese.
I've been technically obese for many years (BMI 35) but with a body fat of between 26-28% (still high but not disasterous) - all of my injuries came when I was young, lean and fit.
I still take ukeme after 40 years training and this has no effect on my body other than to loosen up stiff joints.
Recently I also looked at the factors involved in injury in Aikido for a masters project and found the only correlation was number of training sessions per week (more than 4 significantly increases the risk)
So I would say "obese" aikidoka have two chooses - develop better ukeme or get leaner