How We Roll

Rolling, especially rolling forward, is the first big challenge most aikido students face. Some students learn to roll naturally and easily, but it is the ones who have difficulty rolling who teach instructors the most. These videos present some of what we have learned through teaching beginners and correcting rolling faults in more experienced students.

Front rolls (mae ukemi and yoko ukemi breakfall)

Basic roll for beginners (the Parkour roll)

Front-end rolling alignment

Rolling in a straight line

Early arm early leg breakfall

Progression to shihonage breakfall

Back rolls (koho tento undo and ushiro ukemi)

Rollback flat back problem‚Äč

Rollback to standing

Back rollover