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Old 09-01-2009, 02:46 PM   #6
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Re: "Hidden in Plain Sight" - ukemi as a training tool

Ellis Amdur wrote: View Post
I am only theorizing here - BUT - if ukemi/falling is coupled with specific breathing exercises - is it not possible that it, like most other activities, could become a vehicle for internal training?
There are qigongs that include hitting/slapping oneself, so it's a possibility. And if yoga asanas can be internal training, then why not being the subject of a correctly applied joint lock?

Beyond this - ukemi as a vehicle for internal training - now if we talk about ukemi, not as falling, but as reception, sensitivity, getting inside the other, redirection of forces - this, I've discussed to the best of my ability in Aikido is Three Peaches, in HIPS.
The problem is I can't think of any source that states that this was the case during aikido practice under O-sensei. I haven't reread the chapter yet, though.
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