Re: A sudden fear of the floor
I sometimes teach a forward roll that is not so much forward as it is "inward" - towards the navel,
this is a way of getting the rolling started.
But as it is only a good roll where space is limited , I'll move on to real forward rolls as soon as possible.
If the idea of the floor coming towards you helps,then fine.
In ushiro ukemi sometimes it helps to sweep the leg that is behind you - forward , so you accelerate the motion.
I hope this helps - Chr.B.