Re: When Can an Instructor Stop Training?
Right now my ukemi is improving even though I still consider it poor. As long as that happens and it continues to be fun I'll keep at it.
It's also great for agility and all round fitness not to mention absolutely necessary if I want to partake in Shodokan Aikido randori in a safe manner. It is especially for the latter reason that ukemi training is central to my Aikido training. However, I still don't see it as central to Aikido. Perhaps semantics.
Keep in mind that I am still relatively young and junior in the scheme of things. When I go to the Honbu dojo I am not an instructor and worse the mat area is pretty restricted. At my own place there is a ton of room for the ukemi practice I do need.