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How to Do Ukemi Nage in Aikido

Learn how to do ukemi nage from the instructors at The New York Aikikai in this Howcast aikido video.


Fundamental to the practice of Aikido, as we've said before, is the
ability to not only execute the techniques but take the falls to
protect yourself on the techniques. What we want to do is start off
with a back roll. Alright? A very simple roll that allows you to take a fall
easily when you're thrown. Here.

So the mechanics of the throw, of the fall. You can see that Mike is
going to tuck his foot behind him and then easily sit down and roll.
The foot goes behind and you can see lowering, using the power of his
legs to lower himself down and easily go back.

Next thing is a forward roll. From here, you'll be able to take a throw
that projects you forward. Alright? Once again, the mechanics on here are not that different from rolling back. Mike gets down into position that
rounds his body out, and keeping himself straight, puts pressure on this
extension once again, extended power, and then rolls right over so we
have some direction when he rolls. Not like a somersault, like where
you would just be going over, but he has some forward momentum. Safely
rolls out, safely rolls away from the throw.

That's Aikido, backwards and forwards.

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