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Old 08-10-2005, 11:26 PM   #1
Lorien Lowe
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ukemi grace

(to the melody of 'amazing grace')
amazing grace
how sweet the sound
hitting the mat lightly:
I have been tossed, but now rebound
unwind, and cry 'yipee!'

'twas grace I saught when first I rolled
and grace I have achieved
how precious did that grace appear
when I first was heaved...


anything else? suggestions?
(I am unhappy with the rhymes 'yipee' and 'achieved.')
-LK
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:05 AM   #2
DustinAcuff
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Re: ukemi grace

Yipee -- possibly "stand up for all to see" or "unhurt for all to see"

twas grace I saught
to guard my rear
and grace I have recived
how precious did that grace appear
the first time I was heaved

see how that works for ya.
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:57 AM   #3
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Re: ukemi grace

Okay...my humble offering...excuse the phonetic spellings....

Amazing nage how sweet the sound
That saved an uke like me
I once was tossed, but could not land
Was thrown, but now take ukemi

Forward rolls were the pain of death
How to create that perfect ring
The arms eventually found the way
And now of ukemi I sing

Backward rolls left me confused
I hadn't the slightest clue
Then one day I was thrown full force
And suddenly my body knew

Executing kote gashe may be simple
But the ukemi may be extremely rough
With the proper partner throwing
A high fall is not that tough

Twas nikkyo that taught my heart to fear
And ukemi my fear released
By dropping fast and flat to the mat
In ukemi I first believed

Yonkyo left me bruised and battered
Crying out in object pain
But then I learned to drop flat to the mat
Saved by ukemi once again.

When I have trained ten thousand years
Techniques and miscellaneously
I will have released all pertinent fears
Regarding my ukemi
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Old 08-11-2005, 08:32 AM   #4
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Re: ukemi grace

Quote:
Brenda Allen wrote:
Okay...my humble offering...excuse the phonetic spellings....

Amazing nage how sweet the sound
That saved an uke like me
I once was tossed, but could not land
Was thrown, but now take ukemi

Forward rolls were the pain of death
How to create that perfect ring
The arms eventually found the way
And now of ukemi I sing

Backward rolls left me confused
I hadn't the slightest clue
Then one day I was thrown full force
And suddenly my body knew

Executing kote gashe may be simple
But the ukemi may be extremely rough
With the proper partner throwing
A high fall is not that tough

Twas nikkyo that taught my heart to fear
And ukemi my fear released
By dropping fast and flat to the mat
In ukemi I first believed

Yonkyo left me bruised and battered
Crying out in object pain
But then I learned to drop flat to the mat
Saved by ukemi once again.

When I have trained ten thousand years
Techniques and miscellaneously
I will have released all pertinent fears
Regarding my ukemi
What the ? Heh heh....O sensei would have been proud. Hey, why not do a rap ?
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:38 AM   #5
Lorien Lowe
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Re: ukemi grace

Shamelessly plagarizing/editing to personal taste from the alternate versions:

Ukemi grace, how sweet the sound
that hits the mat lightly;
I have been tossed, but now rebound,
unwind, and stand up free.

'Twas grace I saught, to guard my rear,
and grace I have perceived;
how precious did that grace appear
the first time I was heaved.

To many nikkyos, pins so fierce
I feared I would succumb;
'twas ukemi kept my wrists intact
with taps that nage wrung.

Backward rolls left me confused
with not the slightest clue -
then one day I was thrown full force
and then my body knew.

Sensei says 'soft' comes by degree
his word my hope secures
so here I lay flat as can be
honing uke powers.

When I have trained many more years
rolling will still be fun
I will have released pertinent fears
of nage's gattling gun.


anybody else?
There's still room for improvement: more stanzas, more edits? 'atemi' and 'ukemi' would make a good rhyme...

-LK
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:40 AM   #6
Lorien Lowe
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Re: ukemi grace

Quote:
Lorien Lowe wrote:
Backward rolls left me confused
would work better as 'backfalls left me so confused.'
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