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Old 07-12-2004, 06:55 AM   #9
Dojo: Kiburn, London, UK
Location: London
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 899
United Kingdom
Re: When to introduce break falls

Yann, unfortunately you're correct on this one - generations of our school teachers seem to have been infiltrated by anti-aikidoists for the express purpose of making it almost impossible to teach our little darlings ukemi easily.

The only thing I've found that helps (other than pain) is making it a bit of a game where you have relay ukemi races but any ukemi done over the neck rather than along the arm mean the person has to start again. It's terrible, but even in an aikido dojo, peer pressure and competition can go a long way at the start... anyway, it appeals to my need to act all powerful and stern in the dojo (for which I am still taking the medicine)
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