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Old 10-15-2002, 11:12 AM   #34
opherdonchin
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
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The one point about shihonage ukemi that I feel fairly comfortable pointing out to beginners is the safety that comes from connecting the head, wrist and shoulder. I find this point is relatively easy to understand, easy for them to implement, and will tend to cut down on spinning. I also feel that it is worth pointing out because even a good and caring nage can accidentally injure an uke. Similarly, I tend to encourage beginners to bend their elbow when we practice nikyo. It's less about making the technique comfortable for me or learning not to leave themselves open. It's more about a simple thing to do that will help prevent accidental injury.

Yours in Aiki
Opher
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