Re: Backward rolls
So far all the arguments for backward rolls have been based around getting up, and creating distance. I'd say that is a valid point, provided you have the time and space to use it. However, if you are being splatted at nage's feet, then I don't see it as a realistic option. The way we do tenchi-nage for instance, there is not a lot of outward projection, and it is all straight down. At speed, you even have to do a baseball slide type of ukemi. In that sort of situation, I don't see a backward roll as realistic.