What is more important? Taking an Ukemi? or Not?
Right now, you posses sufficient skills to know the physical dynamics of Aikido, and of course how to resist. That is where the fine line is and that is where you can take your skills o the next level.
You see the resistance part is really a judgement call. When we resist our Nage, we resist the sensation of losing our balance. We can fight to hold onto our balance, to what end then? That is what taking an Ukemi is all about, letting go, and knowing when to, will display your level of skill and wisdom.
Surely we can hold on, to the very end, that is a testament of our tenacity, or stubbornness? it is often very hard to tell the difference. sometimes we let go too soon…sometimes too late.
So what will be the virtue of letting go aptly? that will means that you preserve your centre, even as you are falling down, you do not tumble unceremoniously, well, that aside, you risk injury in an uncontrolled fall.
Taking a skillfull ukemi is not a form of weakness, not a form of relief, rather a release and recouping to counter attack, where possible. Sometimes we get so bent on not falling, resisting our nage, we forget our ability to counter the technique, which is a more tactically sound concept than to unfailing resist , in vain. Eventually, we all fall.
So think about falling, think about your centre relative to your falling, and perhaps your body will be wiser to tell you when is the right time to take a tumble.