Did a few things tonight at NSA. Later in class Matt had us doing a flavor of makiotoshi. I happen to love this throw. Very fun.
At one point I had the newer guy as a partner. When we first started I asked him if he was rolling out of it. He told me that his last partner wasn't really throwing him. So we did a bunch with him rolling out. Rob came over to help me. I was leaving uke behind a lot. I didn't figure it out until Matt was showing my partner something and then it finally clicked. I started throwing better.
Then I threw and instead of rolling the new guy did a so-so breakfall. I asked him how he felt. He said he was fine and wanted to do it again. So I lined him up for one more and did a good throw. New guy went over perfectly, feet high in the air, landed on his side and everything. Then I hear a yell..... "Hey..... Don't break the new guy!!!".
So we finish up with him rolling for a few more exchanges. On his turn he was throwing the hell out of me. The throws felt really good.
After class I stopped Rob and mentioned to him that one thing I noticed about the new guys ukemi. He's totally relaxed and landed perfectly but I felt no energy in his ukemi. For him it was a passive thing. Then Rob tells me that he hasn't been shown how to breakfall yet. That totally makes sense.
Ah crap. Hopefully he was ready for a throw. He said he wanted to try it. Had I realized that he hadn't done any breakfalls before I would have at least gone over it with him first.
The good news is I think it was a good throw and he's naturally relaxed. There is an excellent chance that he won't even be sore the next day. Just want to make sure I don't put him off breakfalls. I hope it was an ok experience for him.