Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Proper Role of NAGE & UKE in Aikido Training

by Tip Harris Sensei

When we train in Aikido, we use the KATA method of training. That is, after the Sensei has demonstrated the attack and defense, and the role he expects the NAGE (the person performing a defensive technique) and UKE (the person attacking) to perform, we pair up with a partner and alternate the roles of NAGE and UKE.

It is important to understand that this KATA form we use is not a contest between NAGE and UKE in which they compete with each other, but rather a controlled situation that both parties should learn from. A proper understanding of the role of both NAGE and UKE is very important for the training to be beneficial to both.

There is a clear distinction between real life and what happens on the DOJO mat. In real life... (CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.)

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