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Old 08-20-2003, 03:30 AM   #3
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
Join Date: Oct 2000
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I find ukemi to be the biggest stumbling block (excuse the pun) in aikido. Beginners (esp. older ones and females) often hate rolling and many people who start aikido for self-defence wonder why they need to practise ukemi at all.

We do ukemi practice at the start of every lesson, but usually I make sure that it is also related to a technique (e.g. kokyu-nage, kaiten-nage); the techniques being done very gently.

For beginners I do some special additional sessions so that they rapidly learn to ukemi(I find people who are slow to learn ukemi loose interest quickly).


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