Re: When to introduce breakfalls
We started teaching ukemi for beginners in our intro cycle, sessions 1-4, based on Ellis Amdur sensei's ukemi seminar. Break falls on the 3rd session, but working on the final position on the first couple of session to reinforce body memory. I taught the first group of beginners (just in the door) with trepidation, since this was the usual all ages all backgrounds mix.
Starting with break falls before rolls makes a tremendous amount of sense, and the beginners are able to converge into regular practice much quicker now it seems o me, since they are much much less fearful of falling. So far, no problems.