Reader pick: “Confronting Our Fears,” by Marc Abrams

“For many of us, we first become aware of our fears in Aikido when it is time for us to go to the ground. Some people have a very difficult time teaching their bodies to experience actions and reactions that allow them to connect with the ground in a soft manner that feels both comfortable and protecting. It is important to allow these people to actually get comfortable rolling and moving on the ground. For them, teaching them to roll from the ground up is helpful.”

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  1. I completely agree! The proper path of the roll, shoulder to opposite hip or opposite for a back roll, can be ingrained without pain and save misunderstanding when going to standing.

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