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Old 10-16-2003, 09:58 AM   #18
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Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 834
I used to do this little ballet where i do a loooong arabesque (thats putting the leg in the air behind you) and "losing my balance" doing a straight on forward roll, through a straddle split and land flat on my face. In a floor lenghth skirt and fluffy petticoats. On a hard wood stage.

I have made falling down onstage almost a career.

The first day i was being taught to do shoulder rolls in the dojo i put my shoulder on the mat & ended up flat on my back with a partially dislocated shoulder.

Then i got to deal with fear!

There are so many similar movements in dance/Aikido but they are all also subtly different, i am having to unlearn over 30 years of technique!

And now, in my tenth month of Aikido i'm taking forward rolls on both sides & starting to learn to breakfall.

If i was so intimidated by falling that i would quit training, i wonder why i would have started to begin with- couldn't they See people flying and falling and splatting? Did they think somehow that this will not apply to them?


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