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Old 08-18-2021, 12:33 AM   #1
Dane
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Ukemi what it means to you

Hello all,

I am a new writer at martialjournal.com and am hoping to do an article or possible series about ukemi. With that in mind I want to try and find wide reflections and views on the topic.

What does Ukemi mean to you?

Why is it important in your practice?

What does it feel like?

When has it helped you?

Also any links to helpful articles or books would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Dane
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Old 08-19-2021, 11:21 AM   #2
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Re: Ukemi what it means to you

Ukemi is the reception of technique.

There are two common interpretations:

a) how to fall and roll safely, when a technique is being applied on you. - This has obvious usage in real life, when you sumble or fall, and I have heard of and had muself numerous cases of falling down (a hole in the sidewalk, walking at dark, running down stairs, bicycle crush ....)

b) some consider this more advanced interpretation of a: when a technique is applied on you, how to move and react with all body in order to neutralize it and counter it
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Old 08-20-2021, 03:58 AM   #3
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Re: Ukemi what it means to you

This is my take on it:
http://www.discovering-aikido.com/ukemi.htm

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Old 08-20-2021, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: Ukemi what it means to you

AFAIK ukemi means 'receiving body'. To me it's exercises to form body that able receive any attack.
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Old 08-23-2021, 04:10 PM   #5
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Re: Ukemi what it means to you

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What does Ukemi mean to you?

Why is it important in your practice?

What does it feel like?

When has it helped you?

Also any links to helpful articles or books would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Dane
To my mind ukemi refers to a process of receiving; in that sense it's also about how to apply yourself. So from my limited understanding it's tied deeply to how to throw/pin/etc. safely.
In my practice its importance comes from the beneficial effect on my body and mind. My body feels more supple after receiving gently applied techniques (especially when I'm engaging more or less well), and less sore on average when less gently applied techniques are done on me, and my attention/awareness is focused when I actively consider how to not get hurt; how to safely apply effort while effort is being applied to me.
It feels somewhat different based on the different people I've trained with and how well I'm focusing and engaging myself.

Gambarimashyo!
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