So recently in class we have been really drilling ukemi gata- rolling, landing, leaping, and receiving attacks. Not that we haven’t been practicing them all along as a crucial skill in the martial arts, as they are, and should always be on your practice list regardless of rank or time in training, but when we say revisit, them we mean approach them from a fresh perspective.
While the ‘arts are about repetition and day in and day out training, we have to be mindful about getting trapped into one way of doing things- we need to be mindful and keep exploring beyond the basics with the basics.
With that in revisiting ukemi we have been using by linking ukemi to stretching- using ukemi as a way to self diagnose my body. Begin training with stretching of course, paying attention to our joints and then once we are warmed up and ready to go, practice ukemi very slowly- think yoga-like.
Then once done practicing ukemi westop and stand up and “listen” to our bodies feedback from the movement.
What areas feel sore?
Are ourshoulders tight?
How does our back feel?
We then do some more stretching to address these areas and then next time we practice ukemi try to focus on these trouble spots.
Ukemi as a way to get direct bio-feedback on our movement in the martial arts.