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Old 03-31-2004, 03:06 AM   #25
Yann Golanski
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I think that ukemi means escape in Japanese -- although, I could be wrong since my Japanese is basic.

But it seems to make some amount of sense. Shite is trying to do a technique that may injure uke -- say irimi nage does end up throwing someone on its back. On a mat, that's not too bad, on concrete it can hurt. Seen in that light, ukemi is just an escape from shite's attack.


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