Re: Surprise Ikkyo and Ukemi musing
The safest way to take all ukemi is to keep your eyes on nage until he forces you to turn your head. As for ikkyo, once it has been effectively applied it is very difficult to get out of. Rolling out of it works, but you didn't have that option. Sometimes drawing both your elbows into your sides and then torqing your body to face your opponent works. Also anytime an elbow control is applied do not let your arm be extended into an armbar because then it can be broken, but if you keep an angle, your arm is relatively safe no matter how much pain is being inflicted on the shoulder. Just play with it.