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Old 08-26-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
Dojo: Dale City Aikikai
Location: VA
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 393
Re: Getting Accustomed to high falls?

kotegaeshi - start to by not thinking of it as a fall. Think of it as a roll. This should help you to relax. Now start self practice rolls from the low position (suwari zenpo kaiten ikemi) but with your hand in the kotegaeshi position. Do this slow so you can analyze your body mechanics. Make adjustments as necessary to fit your body structure. Keep practice for several days/weeks until it feels like second nature. Now stand up and repeat this process. Should take less time for you now know which body structure you like to use. Just the fact of coping that the structure while standing and trying to relax.

shihonage - can't help on this. I'm trying to learn how not to bust up my arm.
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