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Old 12-09-2003, 07:58 PM   #8
Clayton Drescher
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Dojo: Beach Cities Aikido
Location: Long Beach, CA
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 72
An uke I worked with the other day had previous training in karate(substantial I assume) and it was affecting his ukemi on my technique. Sensei came over and explained to us how to approach ukemi in certain situations: to be one step behind and 3 steps ahead so that you aren't unfairly following the technique but you know where its going to end up eventually.

Perhaps if you've trained alot in another art, you would reflexively see that 3rd step ahead as a karate or judo technique instead of an aikido technique. If that were the case, I can see where past cross-art training could hinder a person until they clear their reflexes enough to focus only on the proper art at the proper time.


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