What is the single move that is applicable for every person? It’s the breakfall. Who hasn’t fallen in their life?
Falling from a climb at Mt. Everest at an altitude of 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) above sea level?
You tuck, roll and breakfall. Parachute doesn’t open during your skydive? Better breakfall. Get pushed out of the Empire State building? You better breakfall, just kidding.
In all seriousness, the breakfall is the most important and applicable move in all aspects of life.
Slip and fall in the kitchen? Hopefully you learned to breakfall. Is it an icy winter and while you’re shoveling snow you slip? Breakfall. Walking a trail and trip? Tuck, roll and breakfall. This technique applies to other martial arts. If you are swept in muay thai and post on your glove, you’re looking at a broken wrist or arm.
One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones (wrist, arms, and hips) and head injury.
These injuries can all be avoided by proper technique, the breakfall. If executed correctly, you can avoid broken wrists and arms by not posting which is the natural human reaction. Tucking the head can greatly reduce the chance of head injury and falling on your body in the right way can also reduce hip injury. READ MORE
Read full article in Chinese versions:
巴西柔术必学招式 人人都要懂得跌倒 (Simplified Chinese)
巴西柔術必學招式 人人都要懂得跌倒 (Traditional Chinese)