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Old 07-18-2003, 04:47 PM   #17
Janet Rosen
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Joe Proffitt (Joe Jutsu) wrote:
Has anyone ever felt that it would be appropriate to really dump such a character on the mat as a learning tool of sorts? I mean, the tatami are padded after all, right? I would never throw a beginner into a breakfall or anything like that, but under the right circumstances does anyone think that it might be useful to the new uke to really come in full force and hit the mat full force to stress the importance of training one's ukemi, even during slowed down techniques?

Depends on a few things, including what you mean by "dump."

At second kyu, I'd be loathe to be the one to decide that somebody junior to me "needs a lesson" (I know you did not use that language, but your paragraph seems to me to imply it; apologies if I'm reading into it) and I'd be darn careful about hurting somebody who may be too stiff to fall safely.

I always stress to newbies NOT to come in full force UNLESS they feel they can handle the resulting ukemi. I rely on my instructor to show them how to be less rigid but still not limp.

Janet Rosen
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