Thursday, February 25, 2010

Immunization against being thrown

Photo courtesy of Tcg3j
Have any of y'all noticed that in a room full of aikidoka, the person that has taken the greatest amount of light, compliant ukemi is often the hardest guy to throw against his will?
That's just the way it works.  Some instructors have suggested that taking thousands of light, compliant falls for a specific throw is a lot like being immunized against that throw.
That's part of the reason that we practice with partners instead of opponents and why we preach for uke to be compliant (there's other reasons too).  Even if you're not learning anything else (but you really are), then you are at least learning:
  • how to survive being thrown, and
  • how not to be thrown when you don't want to be

Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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