Thread: Ushiro Ukemi
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:32 PM   #27
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Re: Ushiro Ukemi

Tarik Ghbeish wrote: View Post
I don't think being on the ground is a good idea at all, but I'm just saying that there's plenty that can be done from the ground if you end up there. I've been on the ground in a real fight with multiple attackers and my goal was to get up as soon as possible.
Ick. Glad you came out okay.

Just like there's a shizen hontai standing, there's a shizen hontai on the ground where blocking kicks is not at all difficult and in fact can be very dangerous to the kicker if they aren't aware of what you can do. It's very easy to destroy a knee from this position.
An incautious attacker deserves a blown knee. I often like to say: The best time to kick someone is when they or you are down.

Anyway, I certainly agree that lying on the ground is not the place to be in a self-defense situation especially with multiple attackers, but in testing in the dojo, I've always been able to easily attack the backs of people who use back rolls to try and get back into a good ma-ai.

I agree a lazy backward roll is useless for fighting/ma-ai and ordinary effort on the part of the attacker would make that a bad plan. A fast one executed with no step with the intent of coming right back into the attacker is a different animal and quite shocking to the nage especially on a follow up. Of course, just like being on the ground - just having to take a roll of any kind in a confrontation means that things are not going well...

All paths lead to death. I strongly recommend taking one of the scenic routes.
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