Thread: Forward roll
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Old 10-30-2002, 02:47 AM   #4
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
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Yep, I had a student that took even longer. Part of the problem was the fear of rolling - whilst everyone else was practising they were not able to get the confidence to do it. I ended up just doing a seperate ukemi class specifically for ukemis.

Make sure you can do the reverese ukemi well initially - this is much less dangerous. Try going from a reverese, straight back into the forward roll (since they are just the reverse of each other and it should keep your shoulder rounded).

Take it slowly in building up - but DO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. If you are asked to do something you are not comfortable with, do something from lower (kneeling) - but do loads! The only way forward is for you to get used to your body turning round. Even if you are just doing normal forward rolls it helps.


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