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Old 09-19-2003, 12:48 PM   #2
Dojo: Hacienda LaPuente Aikikai
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 50
On circular irimi nage ukemi, I find sliding the inside foot around as your lead foot to be very efficient, both for staying protected and for quick movement, since the circle it travels has a smaller circumference than that of the outside leg. It does take a bit of practice to get used to though.

And as for the fall, if you do a quick pivot on the inside foot and turn to face the direction of the throw , you end up with the correct foot forward. This also takes some practice to perfect. Try unweighting a bit so you can use the ball of your foot as a pivot point and avoid excess torque on the knee.
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