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Old 10-21-2002, 10:53 AM   #9
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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.

ian

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