My mom and I started together a little over 3 years ago and we were both VERY intimidated by the rolls and falls. Her more than me (she was 49 when she started and I was 18 but neither of us had ever done anything like that before). After all this time, I've gotten much better at the rolls but I still have a huge fear of the breakfalls! My stomach gets all twisted up and sick feeling just thinking about it. About 8 months ago, my mom finally was able to do forward rolls without constantly hitting her head. She still crashes occasionally but she practices all the time and tries her best. Our senseis have explained how to do this as well as they could for the last 3 years but it's different from hearing it and actually having it come out right by doing it yourself.