Iriawan Kamal Thalib (Thalib) wrote:
First it was actually the book "The Structure of Aikido" by Homma Gaku. In the book he mentioned that it was the original jujutsu way and it was difficult to take ukemi for it. The difficult ukemi was the reason why it was changed in Aikido.
Thankyou Iriawan. Sensei Ruddock (who teaches on the Isle of Man) also does it this way, and he trained under O'sensei and his son. I shall give serious consideration to altering my technique (but will that mean another dozen years before getting it right!)