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Old 05-08-2001, 12:10 PM   #11
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All good points above. I'd just add to the point that often new practitioners need to be educated on the correct ukemi on techniques like iriminage. My sempai once pointed out to me that the safest place for uke in iriminage is for uke to to try to place his head into nage's upper chest (just below the shoulder) after their balance is taken. The reason is that this prevents nage from really clocking uke with an atemi or "clothes-lining" him. This thinking kind of follows along the perception of aikido techniques as being a continuim of potential atemi (well described by Ellis Amdur), hence, uke should always be seeking the safest positions and movements to minimize this "danger." Not exactly wimpy compliance, but really more an exercise in awareness of the nuances in aikido technique. Just my two cents (again).

Robert Cronin
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