Re: Ukemi: pluses and minuses
Ukemi is important so you don't get hurt. It is your way of protecting yourself in case your partner is not trying to protect you. If you work with a senior partner, then there is no escape from the technique. You need ukemi. If you work with a junior partner who might do something wrong then you have to protect yourself. You need ukemi.
I am cross training in an aiki jujitsu style. In this style they bail out of the technique. They don't let nage complete it for the pain and danger is too great. You need ukemi.