Friday, April 23, 2010

End the collusion by screwing up

A while back Aiki Journal reposted an old article about Ending the Collusion - the idea being to find a way to put a stop for uke jumping onto the ground for tori without regard for the effectiveness of tori's technique. The necessary compliance in ukemi always stands a chance of sinking to the level of collusion, so we must always be vigilant against this sort of fault.
One great way to see if uke is deliberately taking a dive for you is to deliberately screw a technique up every so often. Stand still as uke attacks and see if he hits you or if he veers away on his own. Start a technique then let go and stop at some appropriate time to see if uke keeps going. Agree on one technique and try a different one.
You probably shouldn't throw nasty surprises like this with inexperienced ukes - obviously dangerous situations could result. But as you gain more confidence and experience with your partners, check them every so often to make sure they are staying true to the practice. You don't have to do this very often to put a huge damper on the collusion.

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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