Rolling – Yoshigasaki Doshu Ukemi
I came across this video where yoshigasaki demonstrates a more cupped version of the arm in the forward roll. As probably many of you know, sometimes it is difficult to teach people how to use the unbend-able arm when performing a forward roll. I have puzzled over this for many years regarding how one can teach an effective forward roll with unbend-able arm. It seems no matter how much you demonstrate and explain the concept to students, they always perform the roll with a bent arm (which can be dangerous to the shoulder joint).
Whilst I don’t personally have a problem with the roll, I thought this video might be helpful to incorporate into forward rolls when teaching beginners, to help enable the unbend-able arm.
If you have any suggestion or thoughts and references in regard to this issue please leave in the comments below. I would appreciate any fresh perspectives…