Re: Ukemi vs. Protecting your attacker
On training techniques including breakfalls...
Have you ever asked yourself what attacker would rather jump over his wrist (kotegaeshi) or otherwise (shiho nage, irimi nage, juji-nage) and risk life-threatening injuries to spine, neck or head, instead of accepting an injury to the wrist (or other parts) -- considering that he has to fall onto a surface with no mats, and likely has had no Aikido ukemi training...
Thinking further, why do Aikido ukes readily jump? Why do Nages apply techniques that can only be escaped when jumping? Or even force uke into a high fall? Are there no better ways of bringing uke to the ground in a controlled manner?
Just a little food for thought..