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Old 06-03-2004, 06:50 PM   #5
Janet Rosen
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Re: Surprise Ikkyo and Ukemi musing

It is *often* (not always) possible to keep the elbow flexed, which I do to a degree that some partners look askance at, but it is highly protective of joints, keeps me more flexibly center-to-center connected with nage (ie, able to keep angled towards/seeing nage) and gives me the possibility of a little wiggle room if needed. By the time partner has me down, I can generally feel if they are trustworthy and will let them straighten the elbow to do the final pin.

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