still can't do backwards properly - any type of fall.
something to do with no being able to see what i'm about to hit that tenses me up. improving though. but our sensei is very good at getting everyone to work up towards standing falls - heavy emphasis on injury avoidance. plus occassional use of gym ball for some classes.
there is something very unnerving about learning to fall...
i've seen a lot of female students baulk at the idea of practice in front of others. especially for the 1st time. I don't know whether its because of fear of being laughed at by other students...looking stupid...or getting hurt(sorry drifting off topic a little - relating back to another thread)
not so much fear of the fall itself...
because the actual falling i've seen done badly or very well by both male and female.
perhaps a lesser word that implies 'humiliating' could apply in the intimidation process.