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Home > Humor > Ukemi Economics
by J. Akiyama <Send E-mail to Author> - 18. June, 1997

In calculating approximately how much money I was going to be spending on aikido during 1997, I came up with a projected total of $2460.

Janet asked me:
Could you calculate the cost per ukemi on that? ;-)

Well, let's see.

I'm averaging about, I'd say, 4 nights a week of practice (some weeks, 6 nights, and other weeks less), each practice being about three hours long.

Taking into account my time as nage and all the time the instructor talks in a class, I'd guess I only take an ukemi every minute and a half or so. (About 40 falls an hour. Does that sound about right?)

So, I guess the equation would look like:

52 weeks   4 nights   3 hours   
-------- X -------- X ------- X
  year       week      night   

         60 minutes     1 ukemi     24,960 ukemi
         ---------- X ----------- = ------------
            hour      1.5 minutes       year
So,

  $2460         year         9.85 cents
  ------ X  ------------ =~ -----------
   year     24,960 ukemi       ukemi
And sheesh. This is what I'm spending to take ukemi.

Basically, if I just started to charge a dime for every ukemi I took, I'd come out ahead ($36 ahead, to be exact).

So I have since then decided upon the following sliding scale for ukemi:

Ukemi Type Charge for Nage
Back rolls 8 cents
Nikyo/Sankyo/Yonkyo 10 cents (frail wrists)
Back breakfall 11 cents
Front breakfall 12 cents
Projected 5 feet 15 cents
Projected 10 feet 20 cents
Projected 10+ feet 20 cents + 2 cents per foot over 10 feet projected

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