Thread: Concrete Ukemi
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:27 PM   #23
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Re: Concrete Ukemi

Ian Williams wrote:
If your ukemi isn't instinctive, it's not much use..
Very good point.

As an aside - they only way for that to happen is lots and lots of practice. There is no fundamental difference between ukemi on any surface - if there is you should consider exactly what you are training for. What mats do provide is a relatively friendly way to get that practice time in and avoid both short term and long term injury.

Again - checking your ukemi on a hard surface is a good idea but I see no reason for consistently training there. Taking your training out of the dojo is always a useful exercise.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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