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Old 04-06-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
Dojo: Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido
Location: Bracknell
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 642
Re: slap or silent in ukemi?

In the 1950s I was training in both Judo and Aikido. In Judo we had to slap the mat as your opponent never lets you go, often throwing you into the mat...Early Aikido was always silent throws as if you were being thrown on concrete as Marc has said...I am surprised to see that many Aikido dojos do a lot of mat slapping, maybe they like the sound ?

Henry Ellis
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