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Old 11-04-2001, 07:47 PM   #5
Join Date: Jun 2000
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I would say that in doing the breakfall or flip uke has either kept (or regained) control over his own center but is paying for that control with loss of height and a possibility to be least that is how it feels to me.

I'd say the break risk (although I see it more of a soft tissue damage risk) would occur when a novice uke senses the loss of balance, and attempting to regain it reacts with movement in the wrong direction (e.g. opposite of the direction of the wrist turn in kote kaeshi, turning away from and moving out from nage in nikyo) and so suddenly increasing the torque on the joint. This is demonstrated by new students all the time
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