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Old 07-06-2003, 05:12 PM   #9
Dojo: Federación Mexicana de Aikido
Location: Mexico City
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 188
The first concern with beginners is helping them build their ukemi to an acceptable level that allows a safe and honest practice, speed and power come later and naturally once they achieve confidence in their ukemi. There is no point in forcing things upon them earlier than they can handle them. From a beginner one can expect the following reactions: they take a dive in fear of the technique, stare with blank eyes at your atemi which results in many bloody lips and noses, or resist it which leads to much screaming and groaning...
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