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Old 12-11-2006, 11:17 AM   #80
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: To Slap the Ground or Not

I remember once wondering why in the heck we were practicing sliding breakfalls in the dojo. I was getting mat burns in the dojo...did not want to find out what road rash would be like outside the dojo. Then, when we went up to the poconos to train once, I took a forward fall while working on footwork with the bokken, rushing through bushes, across rocks, etc. Instinctively did a forward sliding breakfall. Stunned, got up and checked the forward arm, thinking, oh no, this is going to be a bloody mess...

Surprise! No issues at all...all that practice of doing the breakfall on the mats equalled...no injuries outside the dojo. I was shocked! I looked up to see my teacher watching me and smiling...

Best,
Ron (no slapping on that one...)

Ron Tisdale
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"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
St. Bonaventure (ca. 1221-1274)
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