Re: Backward Roll - Risks and benefits
I got hit on the head while doing a back fall in the past, so I don't see how a back fall is so much safer than a back roll. You still don't see where you're going.
I've been to a practice class in a dojo where they don't practice back rolls because rolling back gives the opponent a chance to attack you while ur back is turned to him.
I personally am glad I practice backward rolls because they're very helpful for improving my forward rolls.