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Old 08-27-2013, 05:34 PM   #11
Janet Rosen
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Re: Getting Accustomed to high falls?

I think it's good to have them in your toolkit, so to speak, even if you rarely do them - unless disability prevents you from doing them in which case it is your responsibility to make sure your training partner knows this.
I agree that starting low and learning the landing position is the ideal starting point - where I train now we call that doing a layout roll - simply having your partner hold your hand to the mat while you do a forward roll is an easy next step.
Or, go with Ellis Amdur's approach in "Ukemi from the Ground Up" and forget rolls until after you've learned slow controlled low breakfalls - alas, this requires the whole dojo buying into a change from tradition :-)

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