Friday, November 13, 2009

The danger of slapping the floor

At the 3rd National Aikido Seminar, Melaka, 7/11/09 and 8/11/09

I noticed many students habitually slapped the mat with great gusto when performing their breakfalls. This kind of practice will lead to broken bones if performed on a hard surface. One sensei even commented that slow, soft and quiet rolls would make Aikido appeared as unworthy of sturdy.

In the Semenyih Dojo where the students and their instructor practice on the hard tiled concrete floor, such reckless practices are actively discouraged. Instead students are taught how to breath, soften and relax their bodies whencrashing on the floor.

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