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Techniques or practice involving falling safely, including breakfalls and rolling. Known in Japanese martial arts as ukemi.

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Alternatives to posting with your arms while grappling

This is question that I have been meaning to ask for a while. Last November, I competed at a tournament, along with some of the others from my gym. After I left, I was informed that one of the fellow ...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

I found this video where a black belt shows you how to safely fall on concrete and why you should practice ukemi this way. The main reason that people learn ukemi is to be able to take a fall in real ...
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Learn first the back roll or the front roll?

My instructor has been making us practice the forward roll, and mentioned that once we are confident with it, we would move on to learn the back roll. Researching the subject on the Internet, I find ...
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Would aikido high feather falls work in judo?

By the title one should notice there is a distinct way to fall in Aikido. In judo & most karate like styles i have never seen these types of falls. In most Japanese like systems the ukemii is ...
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Exercises to train better falling when thrown

In my Taekwondo classes we sometimes train throws, in the context of self defense (hoshinsul). I'm bothered that, when being thrown, I can see that the way in falling is not the best and I'm getting ...
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Single slap versus double slaps in 2 hand ukemi

Based on what I see and hear during my practice, some students (even teachers) do ukemi with double slaps. For example, when the tori executes shomen ate and the uke does ukemi, I hear two consecutive ...
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Apply Falling Technique in Real Situation

I have been learning Hapkido (and also Judo, Aikido, and some other similiar arts) for around 4 ~ 5 months now and one of it curriculum is falling technique (낙법 / nakbeob) that we studied so when we ...
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Fall Differences between Jujitsu, Aikido, and Judo

I just started learning Japanese Jujitsu and the techniques for falling are different than Judo and more similar to Aikido. When I learned to do a front or side fall through my previous martial arts ...
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Teaching ukemi to children

Ukemi (break falling) is a vital skill when doing Aikido. Soon, my club is starting a children class (anyone between 8 to 17) and as instructors, we must teach the children how to break fall. Ideally, ...
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Good shoulder roll from a dive

I am having trouble exercising a good roll when I start from a dive. I tend to roll towards my spine more than from shoulder to hip. It just seems impossible to roll more sideways while diving ...
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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

In Aikido (and Judo, Jujitsu, etc...) we do a lot of break falling or ukemi. It is one of the first thing to is taught to beginners. It is the first thing that they are graded on and one of the ...
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Etymology and meaning of ukemi

I believe that ukemi can be translated as receiving body (受け身). It is what uke (受け, whoever receives the technique) does when nage (投げ thrower) or tori (取り, grabber) applies a technique. Am I correct ...
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Oshitaoshi ukemi name

I am looking for the Japanese (or western) name of the breakfall uke does to escape from oshitaoshi. Basically, this is a half cart wheel that uke does when tori applies oshitaoshi. In the drawing ...
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Falling leaf ukemi

What is the Japanese terminology for a falling leaf break fall? For those who do not know what it looks like. From standing, you would train it by putting both hands on the floor, kicking your legs ...
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Breakfalls in competition

I've done judo on and off for a number of years and haven't really competed. Now that I've started back I'd like to (once I feel I'm good enough) start entering more events. Due to years of club ...
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