Hard Soft Break Falls Forward


Technique Review May 23, 2017

In this week’s technique review, we are talking about soft break fall forward and hard break fall forward, relations between them and of course, how to get up.

Video transcript

Hi Guys. In this week’s technique review, we are talking about soft break fall forward and hard break fall forward, relations between them and of course, how to get up.

Most people will fall more than they fight. It’s very important to be safe, to understand how to fall, how to convert the fall in a way that you will not get hurt, that you will not break things. Natural response: if something seriously heavy or large or even small, comes towards you, that’s a natural response. This thing is what we are using. This is a natural response. Usually, will send your body backwards. Now, the problem is Mother Earth is trying to give you a head-butt. You’re falling towards the ground and falling towards the ground down, not with momentum forward. If I’ve got momentum forward, almost always I’ll be able to roll or at least slide.

If I’m falling down, then the issue is how do I break fall. How do I convert the expected impact into something that is less to my sensitive area. I can sacrifice hands, fingers, maybe a shoulder, but I would not like to sacrifice my head, my internal organs. That’s the idea. The hard break fall forward is this one. And the soft break fall forward is that one. Both of them are sending hands forward. If you’ve got more time, you will meet the ground at the medium range is what it’s called. Remember, the long range is the kick, the medium is the straight hand and the short is the elbow. You’re meeting the ground in the medium range. In this case you can shock absorb practically. You’re doing something like a push-up. Elbows dangling backwards, you’re falling down, ground is closing, and then you’re turning the head. If I’m on the ground just like this, I am lying on the ground. We understand the distance. Look what happens now. Look what happens now.

Now the distance is larger. Kids, when they fall, they will do this. Why this, young kids? Because they don’t have strong enough muscles here and their head is relatively heavy. We, on the other hand, adults or even teenagers, have enough power so the head can turn. If you get hit, you get hit in the cheekbone, on the chin, or something [inaudible 00:02:57]. Sometimes there are kids with scars on the chin because they fell down and raised their head. Still, they got hit. That’s the problem, downwards and to the side. I trust that you have seen these things in the regular curriculum of the P-levels.

The hard break fall is we are meeting at the closer range. Now, I’m not like this anymore. I’m like this. What happens is you are hitting. That is why we call it hard. You’re hitting hard. Not all the shock absorbing like this for longer distance, hard. Hitting hard with the hands will give power or force to the body and will slow down the body. In this case, you have only one joint that is maneuverable. That’s why we are raising the head and not turning it. I cannot turn it so well. Raising the head will be safer and better. The basic natural behaving is the arms are diagonal. That’s the idea. Again, both responses, that’s the natural response. I’ve got more time. I’ve got less time. That’s it.

In the hard break fall, think. You don’t have much time. Sometimes you see us lift the hands and hit. Practically, this is because we are planning it. In reality it would be something like this. Very fast without any type of preparation. Preparation we can do on the mats in a training like environment. In reality, very fast and then guard the face in the center.

What about getting up? Getting up, the assumption is that first of all, no enemies. Imagine I fell down. Hard, soft, it doesn’t really matter. I’m like this and now I need to get up. What do I do? Squat up. That’s it. Clean your hands. Continue going. You can swear a bit if you want, but don’t do it too much. That’s it practically. Get up as if nothing happened. And, if something happened, take care of things. If you lost your phone, if you lost your bag or something, you slipped, you are dirty, take care of yourself. That’s it. However, if this happened because of an enemy, probably the enemy is from behind, yes, because I fell forward. Where’s the enemy. Enemy is from behind. I need to deal with the enemy. Sometimes, when you will fall and you understand somebody’s tripping you, pulling your legs or something like this, you will not slam yourself down, if you had time. On the err, you’ll already be half side and be ready.

You saw that while going down, I turned myself. I didn’t go with the chest to the ground. I went very early with the side and turned. In this case again, falling will not be symmetrical and only the head will turn late. Falling will be unsymmetrical. I’ll be falling something like this. Trying to see who is the enemy and from here, deal with what is coming. However, it may be that you had a later response and the chest and the body are close to the ground, which means you are something like this or like that. And now, what to do? That’s the issue.

Look at what I am doing with the face to you for a moment. That is the line if I fell, that is the line that I would like to be at. Out of the original line. What do we do? We put one knee in and we roll on the forearm. Look at it. From here, I roll on my forearm. I put one knee in and I’m in about 45 degrees to the original line. If somebody was tripping you, throwing you, you fell down, you got very close to the ground–start rolling to the side. But again, the rolling is not symmetrical roll. It’s a roll with a pivot also. You pivot out of the line. Somebody who tried to jump on you or kick you will have to adjust or will miss. Adjustment takes time. You gain time, simple as that.

Again, let’s look from behind. Roll on my hand, on my forearm and put the knee in. It is the same knee as the hand I am rolling on. And quickly, I raise this leg or the other leg, it doesn’t matter and be ready to deal with what is coming. You can kick, stop-kick, you can kick higher, as I said, as needed.

Guys, thanks for listening. All the best. See you within a week. Ciao.

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