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Old 07-18-2003, 06:24 AM   #10
Michael Willers
Location: New Haven, CT
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 3
And the issue, in my mind, is not just about when to take ukemi. There are some ukes who will take the "I'll fall at the drop of a hat" to the extreme -- thse folks will contort themselves into the position nage needs them to be in, and nage will complete the throw with almost no effort at all. Instead of offering a little healthy resistance, for example, in kotegaeshi, some ukes will bend at the waist and offer up their arm -- or bend backwards before nage's shihonage has developed any power at all.

No wonder we as nages are sometimes surprised, then, when our ukes actually make us work to complete the technique!
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