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Old 10-21-2002, 09:53 AM   #9
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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All sounds a bit metaphysical to me. Not so long ago a ju-jitsu person (I presume - 'cos it wasn't anyone from our club!) put someone in a standing pin (a bit like reverse ikkyo - katagatame?), prior to smashing a bottle over the back of their neck. Though you may consider this a lesson in the difficulty of teaching martial arts to those who will use it inappropriately, the first thought is, why didn't they roll out of it. Ukemi can be a very useful way of escaping technique. In fact a prior ukemi is an excellent way of escaping many techniques.

I'd also say that ukemi teaches us that we can blend with something as big and hard as the earth.


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