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Old 07-12-2004, 12:59 PM   #15
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Re: When to introduce breakfalls

We started teaching ukemi for beginners in our intro cycle, sessions 1-4, based on Ellis Amdur sensei's ukemi seminar. Break falls on the 3rd session, but working on the final position on the first couple of session to reinforce body memory. I taught the first group of beginners (just in the door) with trepidation, since this was the usual all ages all backgrounds mix.

Starting with break falls before rolls makes a tremendous amount of sense, and the beginners are able to converge into regular practice much quicker now it seems o me, since they are much much less fearful of falling. So far, no problems.

Alfonso Adriasola
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