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Old 10-10-2006, 11:02 AM   #1
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Dojo: Northampton Ki Aikido Club
Location: Northampton
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 134
United Kingdom
Out of breath whilst rolling

I'm a complete Aikido newbie (white belt, for a couple of weeks more), so I'm sorry if this is a stupid question.

When doing the backward-roll breakfall, during warm-up exercises or actual techniques, I get severely out-of-breath. I had put this down to just being un-fit, but the last couple of weeks I've noticed that I hold my breath while rolling. So, during warm-ups, we do 8 backward rolls (4 per side) from sitting and 8 from standing. At the end of that I'm about ready to collapse having just stolen a few quick gasps between rolls!

Has anyone else had a problem with this? Is there right way to do it (e.g. breath in when going back, out when going forward)?

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