The front rolling side fall is used when one is falling forward and has a lot of forward momentum. In practicing the front-rolling fall, start practicing the technique from a squatting position and progress to a standing position and a diving position. Protecting the head is vital during this fall.
Rolling often causes apprehension amongst students. They may become disoriented while rolling. However, many throws will quick flip an opponent over the hip which may also cause disorientation. Practice may alleviate so so this dizziness A smooth rolling fall may save one from injury during common mishaps, such as a bicycle crash or a fall down a flight of stairs.
Front Rolling Side Fall (from squatting position)
Start from a squatting position, with feet a shoulder width apart.
- Take one step forward with the left foot.
- Place right hand on the mat on the right side of the left foot, under the right shoulder.
- Place knife-edge of left hand on the mat between the left foot and right hand with fingers of knife hand pointed back toward the body.
- Turn head to the right looking over the right shoulder. If the head does not remain turned, but tucks into the chest, it may impact the floor.
- Push forward with the right foot, rolling along the outside of the left arm, diagonally across the back, and finish in a right side fall position. Keep the body curled like a ball throughout the Sponsors
- Return to a squatting position.
- Repeat with right leg forward, rolling into a left side fall.
- Repeat until the movements become smooth and powerful.
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