Oct
07

“Secrets of Ukemi” by Gregor Erdmann

“The secrets of ukemi are in its name. ‘ukemi’ is Japanese for ‘to receive’ and in Aikido it its the uke’s (person taking a fall) task to receive an attack.

It saddens me when I see or feel uke from even senior belts who are missing the basic understanding of this. Poor ukemi is a reflection of a lack of understanding with the basic principles of aikido.”

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Comments

  1. A couple thoughts. First, Jimmy Friedman of the Suginami dojo might be the most prominent source for a very good unified system of ukemi. I teach it, but have few students.

    Next, ukemi is the wellspring of countermeasures.

    Third, ukemi is not just for the dojo. Once in a while do some rolls on concrete. Aikido ukemi has probably saved my skin more frequently than nage waza.

    …and, ukemi and nage waza form a continuum similar to “energy fighting” in aircraft combat. Don’t stick around to “dogfight”. Ukemi gives you a chance to extend your range and build up some potential (kinetic) energy between you and your partner or opponent. Neither take the hit, nor block it – make distance.