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Twisting The Ankle Against The Knee Creates Dynamic Falls

Me:  “The ukemi on Twisting the Ankle Against the Knee (above) always looks so cool.”

Nage:  “It’s really not that bad once you get used to it.”

Uke: “Easy for him to say.  I’m going to start charging a dollar every time he projects me further

than 6 feet.”

New Student:  “Can I try?”  

Ukemi Theory (Be Informed)

Never Fear a Good Ukemi (or a good fall) ~

If you have something to fear, it is a good technique when you have Bad Ukemi or No Ukemi.

Ukemi Basics (Be Round)

Rolling:  Spreading your inevitable impact with the mat over time.

Ukemi Basics (Be Flat)

Judo Break falls:  Spreading your inevitable impact with the mat over distance (so that everything hits the mat at the same time.

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Soft Ukemi (Be Silent)

Soft Ukemi is essentially a rolling break fall. That can be incorporated into our ukemi system.

Advanced Ukemi (Counters)

After avoiding injury, the goal of Uke is to become the Nage by reversing or neutralizing Nage’s technique.  These are called “Uras” in Japanese.

Advanced Ukemi (Randori)

Eventually all things become ballistic.

Nihon Goshin Aikido traditionally utilizes Judo ukemi.  Shodo Morita was a Dan grade Judo practitioner after all.  

That said, I wonder if the judo break fall would still be the first option for the older, larger, aikidoka?

 Keep in mind that the judo break fall reduces trauma.  It does not eliminate it completely.  The truth is, you only have so many Judo breakfalls in you.  

Fortunately, you have the option of learning Soft Ukemi the proverbial fountain of ukemi youth.

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Remaining Martial (Engage)

So, nage executes a technique, “What should Uke do?”  Assuming we’re working on applications, the answer is not “take a break fall.”

The mistake many make as uke is to become passive. As uke, you want to always be active.

Instead of being pulled or pushed around and thrown to the ground, you will gain a tremendous advantage if you actively follow nage's lead, moving under your own active power (ki) and direction.

Once nage takes your balance beyond recovery, notice that your balance is going and disengage your interaction with nage and lower yourself to the ground. Uke should always feel like he/she is in control.  (Article Source:

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Ukemi Warm up (Cooperate)

Ukemi Nage is a great way to warm up where uke is working on slow rolling skills and nage is working on technique.