Originally posted by akiy
What kind of skills are needed to remain safe as uke?
Jun, for some reason I'm having difficulty with the word skill. Anyways, my general thoughts would be:
* Awareness of everyone else on the mat.
* The ability to alter your fall in an instant.
* The ability to fall in a confined area.
* The ability to fall from any angle in any way, even altering the fall during the fall.
* The ability to breakfall.
* The ability to breakfall from almost any throw.
* Don't get stuck. Particularly, no sticky feet.
* The willingness to say NO, when you don't feel safe for whatever reason.
* The ability to recognize that you don't feel safe.
* The ability to accept that it's ok to not feel safe and say NO.
* Arm extension in place of timed "shoulder blaster" rolls.
* The ability to judge the skill of nage.
* Stay in the throw (and the attack). Stopping or checking out is prohibited.
* Stay aware all the way through the throw. No checking out mid-throw.
* The ability to relax.
* The ability to roll over objects.
That's off the top of my head. There's more if I thought about it.
What would be your rules in keeping yourself safe as uke?
My big one's are know thy nage and the environment you are in. All the rest revolves around that.
In other words, does remaining safe conflict with the aim of affecting/attacking nage?
Actually, I want to say yes, then I want to say no, so how about maybe and we'll wait for what others have to say. I'm genuinely curious on this one.
When (if ever) do these above rules/criteria get changed?
My rules are variable to begin with and they are variable based on nage or the training environment.