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Bookman, Bruce -- Ukemi: The Art of Falling
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Description: Ukemi: For Aikido and other Martial Arts is designed to help make your practice of Aikido safer and more enjoyable. The more you embrace the principles of falling, the more you will improve your abilities in Aikido. Ukemi: For Aikido and Other Martial Arts offers a step-by-step instruction on the most common falls including backward rolls, forward rolls and breakfalls/highfalls. Bruce Bookman, 5th Degree Black Belt and Chief Instructor of the Seattle Holistic Center teaches falling techniques that can be adapted to any style of Aikido. Progress quickly and learn ways to avoid injuries with this clear presentation of Ukemi. Bookman Sensei discusses his philosophical interpretation of falling with the context of Aikido training. These insights give the Aikido practitioner a better understanding of the purpose behind training.
ISBN: B00004S4YW


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Registered: April 2001
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Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Author: reidelei@aol.com
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Video tape is excellent. Unlike other videos where you watch and watch and still don't get it. Sensei Bookman sysmatically breaks down how to take a fall. As a new student I really hated my first few weeks of Aikido I was sore and always getting hurt. after watching and practicing his techiniques, although I am not as fluid as I'd like to be I am not getting hurt and truly enjoying practice now. Now that I know how to fall, kinda of, I can focus more on the techinique. Thanks Sensei Bookman, I will purchasing part II in a few weeks. I wish he would come to New York and give a seminar on Ukemi.
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Registered: April 2001
Posts: 1318
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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Author: reidelei@aol.com
E-Mail: Send E-mail to reidelei@aol.com

Video tape is excellent. Unlike other videos where you watch and watch and still don't get it. Sensei Bookman sysmatically breaks down how to take a fall. As a new student I really hated my first few weeks of Aikido I was sore and always getting hurt. after watching and practicing his techiniques, although I am not as fluid as I'd like to be I am not getting hurt and truly enjoying practice now. Now that I know how to fall, kinda of, I can focus more on the techinique. Thanks Sensei Bookman, I will purchasing part II in a few weeks. I wish he would come to New York and give a seminar on Ukemi.
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Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great explanations of how to do several types of falls
Cons: would have liked to see some slow motion footage.

I picked this up on Amazon.com for $35. It said it was in VHS format but I was pleasantly surprised to receive a DVD instead. DVD menu breaks it down to sections so you can easily get to and view a specific fall.

As a beginner and needing help whit Ukemi I found this a very helpful resource. Not only do we get to see the correct way to do front and back rolls and break falls but also he takes time to show the wrong positions of the body and explain why we would want to avoid them. I was able to learn a few things about my own mistakes in the first viewing that will help me to improve.
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