UKEMI WAZA (break falls, falling techniques):
Ukemi waza is not only trained to be able to fall when you are thrown, the breakfalls are also an important part in self–defense (for example if you are pushed down). Try to invest some time in ukemi waza practice! Right from the start!
Ukemi waza skill is important in order to avoid injuries during throwing practice
as well as to train away the fear of falling. Training will also be more fun if you master ukemi waza.
2. Ushiro ukemi, with/without damping:
Ushiro ukemi means backward break fall. The backward break fall can be performed in two variants, with or without damping.
Ushiro ukemi, with damping
- Fall as if you are thrown into an O soto otoshi.
- Turn around and fall backwards.
- Soften the break fall by hitting the mat with your arm.
- Land in a side position with the arm out at about 45º. You will have your hand at the same level as your knee.
- Watch the back of your head, hold your head up, keep your chin to your chest and look at your belt.
- Place right leg behind left leg, sit down close, roll over right hip and shoulder.
- Look in the same direction as you are going to roll!
- Stand up in Kamae!