“Softness and structure in ukemi,” by Patrick Parker

“The jo is the embodiment of structure – it is all structure and no pliability. Take the jo and drop it onto a hard floor. It hits and clatters and bangs and rolls around. Unless you threw it down really hard it’s not likely to have been damaged because of its excellent structure. But it sure took a lot of abuse banging around on the ground. It’s pretty obvious that if you were to make your body all stiff like the jo, you’d take a lot of abuse when you hit the ground.”

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  1. …took a lot of falls like Jo to learn better. couple years of pain. but, just as there’s a minimum effort path to nage-waza, there is a corresponding path to ukemi…

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