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Old 10-04-2004, 01:43 PM   #13
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
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Re: Shoulder pain in break falls

Hey,

I don't know how you do it, but when I breakfall I go over straight...there are other methods though. When I used to rack my shoulder up badly on the left side, I was going over twisted...and would end up digging that shoulder into the mat. I've found the straighter you go over, the better. Relaxing helps a lot too, but its kind of stupid to tell someone to relax when the thing they are doing hurts them! If one more person tells me to relax... Is this problem when you can't lead with one hand (basically no hand touches the mat before the slap) or is it with both? I've found the hiyaku ukemi is easier if you REALLY tuck your head...either watch the back foot, or try to stare into your navel...

Good luck...that one hurts a LOT if you don't fix it.
Ron

Last edited by Ron Tisdale : 10-04-2004 at 01:45 PM.

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