C.E. Clark (Chuck Clark) wrote:
Simply put...Of course. It is the other half of the experience. By trying to understand both sides we have a better chance to really internalize more of each.
I wholeheartedly agree!
My current training focus is to "feel" the techniques more and not try to over analyse/think the technique as my senseis have often chided me about.
Feeling the dynamic of various techniques and exercises by being Uke and taking ukemi for my senseis has been huge benefit for me in understanding.
I had the wonderful privilege of taking Ukemi for a visiting Shihan during a seminar earlier in the year. His aikido was very dynamic and soft yet powerful and controlled. Still in the process of understanding and unpacking all the stuff from the seminar.
Happy training all