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Old 06-27-2001, 07:13 PM   #7
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 375
I was taught from day one to slap the mat when doing any ukemi. But this is probably because my style is heavily influenced by jujitsu. My teacher told me that if you are doing ukemi on very hard surfaces its best to use hashi ukemi (bridge fall often used in Shorinji Kempo). We often trained without mats on carpeted concrete. Yes you get sore arms from the falling but I don't think you can hurt yourself seriously. After a while you get used to it. I think proper technique is important so as not to get hurt.
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