Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ueshiba Ukemi

I have long been disappointed that I have not seen any pictures or film of Ueshiba Sensei taking a fall and practicing ukemi. I had come to the conclusion that it was not much part of his practice. Finally I found a film, and took a still of it, of Ueshiba taking a fall for a boy practicing with him. I am still not convinced he took a lot of ukemi in his later years, but at least we see him doing it once.

Here is the film it came from. This still was taken at 7:13 in the video.


  1. Sweet video. Haven't seen this before.

  2. Great find, this was new for me as well!

  3. Hehe, look at the kid raising his hand in triumph: "Hey mom, I threw O-Sensei!!!"

    And about O-Sensei taking ukemi, I have never seen a video of him being less than 70 yrs old... I think at that age he wasn't pleased to take ukemi... you know, back ache and all...