Patrik Eng (Ta Kung) wrote:
Also, don't get your nads cruched between your legs...
Very good point, happens often to me during koshi nage. I believe this happens when I have my legs spread open when falling, and then when touching the ground the two legs come together like a "nutcracker".
I must keep the body as unit. This happens because one leg is left behind and then becomes uncontrolable.
What I keep in mind during ukemi:[list=1][*]Relax[*]Keep the center (one point)[*]Keep the body as one unit[*]Focus on the direction of the projection, don't be trapped by the direction of the fall.[*]Keep the circular motion until motion stops. Many becomes a log during mid air flight.[*]Not slapping, but placing the hand on the ground.[*]Most importantly, keep it natural. Do not guess.[/list=1]
On number 4, is the importance of ukemi other than just breakfall. It is feeling the nage and not guessing what or how the technique is going to be. Keeping in aiki with the nage. that's why being an uke isa as important if not more important than being a nage in aikido.
Many people are trapped with the downward motion of the fall, even though the projection is usually forwards or backwards. Thinking of going straight down (vertically), will add force to the fall.
Keep in mind the circular motion when one practice ukemi without being thrown. Why should it be any different? We don't jump straight up, lie on our back, and then fall straight down when practicing alone.