Category Archives: Training – Falling and ukemi arts

Video overview of last Wednesday’s class

See below a quick demo at the end of Wednesday’s class covering most of the techniques that we practised. Big thanks to Jeremy for helping out with the impromtu run through and to Peter for filming it. Have a great week … Continue reading

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Saturday’s class – What we covered in 36 seconds

We’ve introduced a new tradition lately where seniors do a quick run through summary demo at the end of class of what we covered in the previous 2 hours. This Saturday it was informally recorded and makes a nice video … Continue reading

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Free form ukemi training

Training in how to safely receive technique (ukemi) is something that is particularly emphasised at our dojo.  In every class time is set aside to develop and refine our ukemi skills.  Everyone participates, however, the level and intensity of the practice varies consistent … Continue reading

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Exercise – Forward rolls and learning to relax

For many beginners to Aikido, learning to forward roll is one of the most challenging and frustrating parts of Aikido training.  Further, once the mechanical skills of rolling are learnt, first from a kneeling position and then from a solo standing position, … Continue reading

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Moments in breakfall

Ukemi (the art of receiving technique) is something we take very seriously at the dojo.  It is not only a critical skill to ensure our safety, but also plays an important role in developing  fundamental skills associated with balance, using relaxed … Continue reading

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Breakfalls and Aikido – Are they really necessary?

The question of whether breakfalls are really necessary in Aikido is one that seems to attract very different opinions even amongst those who practice in the same school. I have heard senior practitioners on many occasions argue that breakfalling is pointless, dangerous and really only … Continue reading

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Learning to breakfall – its a lot easier than it looks

At our dojo learning to breakfall is an accepted part of our training culture.  The ability to breakfall is something we learn and develop to make sure we stay safe in our practice and to enable us to practice Aikido at its more advanced … Continue reading

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