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Old 01-31-2005, 07:48 AM   #26
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Personally, I was putting a light in a small hallway with a tall ceiling. The ladder slipped out from under me. I relaxed and took the fall. My wife was impressed I didn't hit out break anything, including myself.

I also have a Sempai who took a 17 foot drop including a tree limb, a ladder, and a chainsaw. His wife said, if he hadn't turned and rolled it would have been a lot worse.

Lynn Seiser PhD
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We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 01-31-2005, 09:04 AM   #27
Amir Krause
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Too many cases to remember them all, though personally I always end with breakfalls ukemi rather then rolling (Backwards Ukemi, forward etc). In one case at the steps, on another, I thought of rolling by my leg was stuck so I had to make a forward break fall. In both cases, I got up, washed my hands and that was it - no damage.

I have heard other practitioners in the Dojo who have rolled from bike or bicycles.

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Old 01-31-2005, 02:52 PM   #28
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Yes, I definatley ment you are much more likely to fall down in your lifetime then you are to be attacked heh.
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:35 AM   #29
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Haven't had any real-life use of rolling yet, but a friend of my slipped in a stairway, carrying a cardboardbox filled with pictureframes and glass. I managed to "roll" over the cardboardbox and landed on his feet at the end of the stair, instade of falling on top of the cardbordbox, which might have ended up with him being seriously cut by the glass, as well as hitting the end of the stair hard. Himself, he says it's ukemi-practice that made him able to do it.
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Old 02-04-2005, 12:28 AM   #30
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Nebojsa Mrmak wrote:
Do you have any similar experiences where you used ukemi out of the dojo? Would you like to share it with us?

Thankful in advance,

Nebojsa Mrmak

I brought my dog in from a walk a few weeks ago and she pulled when I didn't expect it. She pulled hard enough that the one foot that was on the door mat moved with the door mat but the other foot stayed put. I fell over backwards. Although one leg folded up in a way it shouldn't have and I hit my knee on the floor, enough of the rear sitfalls we have been doing kicked in and I instintively kept my head up, thereby NOT smacking the back of my head (or worse, the top of my neck!) on the sliding door's track. My dog ran over, instantly concerned; trying to get up when an excited 50 pound dog is trying to sniff your face is an interesting experience.

I think she know she screwed up, though, because she hasn't yanked like that since.
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Old 02-04-2005, 08:14 AM   #31
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

I started to inline-skate without any protection and always was falling on my ass or knees/hands (still have all the marks). That was going on for about 1-1.5 month of every weekend skating in parks. Than I started to roll during the fall and was able to sleep at night and walk normally

I wasn't practicing aikido at that moment, and my first aikido experience was maybe 2-3 lessons 4 years before this. So I guess it was more natural thing then just ukemi practice
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Old 02-05-2005, 11:03 PM   #32
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Re: Practical use of ukemi


I use it frequently, mostly in roll form, though.

Last edited by Thor's Hammer : 02-05-2005 at 11:06 PM.
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Old 02-05-2005, 11:15 PM   #33
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Actually yeah...I have a few since I have a tendency to fall a lot....you know, slick floors, frisbee football, the usual right?...

One time I was playing frisbee football, or ultimate frisbee...whatever you want to call it, and I was running after the disc when I forgot which foot was leading and just fell...so I proceeded to do a forward roll that was almost a flip...that was fun...

Another time I was carrying a rack of glasses (I work at a restaurant as a bus boy so I walk on slippery floors and carry stuff quite often) and I stepped out of dish land and just lost balance...so instead of trying to regain my lost balance, which might have resulted in me dropping/breaking the glasses, I just did a back fall and got up and put the glasses (all of which were intact) up...

Those are my experiences...

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Old 02-08-2005, 08:26 AM   #34
Peter Kovessi
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

I have broken a few cellphones with ukemi Unfortunately i keep them in my back pocket

But i have never broken a bone, so i guess it is worth it
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:12 PM   #35
Dojo: Shin Ken (Aikikai)
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Peter Kovessi wrote:
I have broken a few cellphones with ukemi Unfortunately i keep them in my back pocket

But i have never broken a bone, so i guess it is worth it
Well, you might have learned something... Keep your cell phone away from the contact line.

I have had a couple more succesful ukemies on the street since I started this thread. Two were on a tree root, and one was on snow.

Oh, and I just love practicing ukemi on snow. It's the greatest feeling. Obviously, you have to make sure that the ground underneath is free of things that might injure you.

Happy -ing
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:26 PM   #36
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Re: Practical use of ukemi

Great stories! I play soccer and many a time have I dove for something or over-stepped myself only to find the ground rushing up at me quickly and then to come popping out of the fall in a crisp little roll and running back toward the ball. It's great fun!
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