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Old 10-17-2005, 03:29 AM   #2
Dirk Hanss
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Re: Breakfalls can be a problem!

Hi Stelios,
unfortunately it is very difficult to do breakfalls slowly.Yet, to me it seems very important to feel, when you will touch the mat shortly before you're down.
So it might help to start with very soft mats like used for high jumps. Take a springboard or trampolin, if you have a chance and jump. Start with a simple roll, try a complete somersault or even more, and when you are confident in these, you can try weirder jumps.

As a young boy I jumped very often from the diving board into the pool sometimes with 2 or 2 1/2 flips. It is a strange feeling as you never really know about your position, but you get a good feeling when to open for diving. Now I am 44, but about twice a year I am on the springboard tower and test my skills and trust.

Nevertheless not every breakfall goes well. But If I fear them, it does not work at all.

HTH - at least a little bit

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