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Old 01-19-2005, 02:50 PM   #20
Beth Mizuno
Dojo: Aikido Shobukan Dojo
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 4
Re: Practical use of ukemi

Hit a patch of ice as I was going to work. I had an open cup of coffee in my hand and a purse and a backpack on my shoulder. My feet went up -- and the rest of me went down, right into a break fall. I watched the coffee as it seemed to flow straight up into the air and then come down into my cup. It was the strangest sight -- that coffee. Got up and went on to work, a little bruised but still perfectly serviceable.

Ukemi is a wonderful thing.

This is my first post. I am a student at Saotome Sensei's dojo in Washington, D.C. Been practicing since 1985, but took six years off in the middle (maternity and childcare responsibilities). Hello all!
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