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Old 10-30-2004, 12:19 AM   #15
Dan Gould
Dojo: Cilfynydd, Pontypridd
Location: Abercynon, Wales
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 49
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Re: Problems with Ukemi

Start from a kneeling position, maybe. I do it from standing, but in a very long stance so I'm not very high up, and the force is going more forward, rather than straight down (as it would be if I was standing upright.)

Remember that you've got to be loose, the key is relaxation. I only roll well now because I rolled instinctively from a friend attacking me with a bokken (lol), and I thought "Hey, I CAN do this, I just have to stop being afraid of it." Once you're relaxed, your muscles and limbs all move much more freely, and it's a more natural movement coz everything followseverything :-)

Good luck, you'll get it eventually.
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