This DVD offers a step-by-step procedure to learn and/or instruct safe aikido ukemi. Whether entirely new to the art, or desiring to retool one’s skills, the methods here will enable any reasonably fit practitioner to be able to take falls in aikido (and other similar arms-length grappling systems) safely. The methods here are not merely to assist in learning how to collude with the person executing the technique these methods enable one to be prepared and able to gracefully manage both the malevolent and the inept as well as skilled practitioner executing ordinary technique.
Ellis Amdur Sensei’s DVD offers good, basic instruction on falling techniques that are common to aikido practice. Amdur’s presentation emphasizes protecting yourself, especially when techniques are applied to you, forcefully and at times, with disregard for your safety. I recommend Ukemi from the Ground Up as a primer that will help you to position yourself to avoid injury during practice.”
— Bruce Bookman, founderr
Tenzan Aikido, Seattle, Washington
If I had the benefit of this method of training 20 or 30 years ago, I believe that I would not have incurred most of the injuries I’ve gotten taking ukemi.
— Dennis Hooker, 6th Dan
Director of the Shindai Dojo
E-Budo.com. Amdur is a highly qualified, senior instructor in classical Japanese martial arts, and has ample experience and insights to the subject to produce such materials publicly. You’ll be in good hands with this DVD. Full review.
A review on the lifesaving power of ukemi by Autrelle Holland