Do I need to fall to learn Aikido?

If you’re nervous about ukemi – what we call falling and tumbling – don’t worry! It is perfectly sane and reasonable to be nervous about these things as a beginner.

There are many ways to teach – and learn – tumbling and falling! We never teach something that we feel you cannot safely do, and we present material that is safe for you and where you are. Ultimately, you are in complete control of your experience in training and are not required to do anything you feel is unsafe.

To truly learn Aikido, you do need to be able to receive the attack, or throw. To do this safely, you need to be able to practice ukemi. The specific manifestation of your ukemi, however, is up to you.

I hope this can be useful for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to connect you to answers!