Judo and Breakfall Stories 3 - About Saved Live


Falling down stairs is not recommended no matter what  you think you know about falling.

I know we see stunt men do it all the time on film. However it's not as if even they don't get injured occasionally when they do it, you just don't see that injury on film.

Still that doesn't stop some people trying it even if it is unintentional.

One of the ladies from one of the self defence groups, that I run only by request, told me of such an event in her life.

I met her and her friend, also a past student, in the food court of the local shopping centre and waved to them from a distance. I was immediately summoned over to their table with quite some excitement. For some reason she wanted to show her bruises.

I must confess to being quite concerned at the joy to which these injuries where being put on display. It would not have been the first time that I have counseled women to leave abusive situations. And it only added to my alarm when they told me that they had been obtained from falling down stairs.

But it turned out to be nothing of the sort. She had been in a loving relationship for many years and had fallen down the stairs when she slipped carrying he washing up the stairs.

She was only showing off her bruises to me because she had remembered something that I had taught her as she was falling. It was something that my own sensei had taught me. It goes like this: "If you are round you roll if you are flat you go splat". Apparently she recited it to herself as she was falling.

It just proves once again that proper falling technique saves lives .

Mind you I still don't recommend falling down stair to prove it.

Richard



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