GN, Goober, KroSha et al.,
I quickly discovered how much of a not a good idea
it is to reach for the ground - I nearly landed ON my wrist the first time I made a conscious effort break-fall that way.
I went through a bit of a rough patch at the beginning of the last session - a bit of mind-*beep* because suddenly I realized my brilliant hand-first landing idea was going to be totally ineffectual. The session started with break-falling drills (rolls, peg legs, over the belt, etc.,) and when we go to the 'grab uke's lapel, kick high into the air and land on your side' bit, I managed to wind myself REALLY badly. But it was the fact that I couldn't breath for a good 5 seconds that helped me remember what I learned when I was first introduced to peg-legs:
nao: If your breakfalling _always_ hurts then it's quite possible it's your breathing. MY TIP: When about to breakfall try saying `Ooohssssss' (so that you are hissing at the point of impact). This will give you perfect breathing without having to think to much. The downside is that it makes you look a bit special. But you shouldn't care about that. - I don't!
Exactly. Dude, it works so well
I don't care how special
I look. I started exhaling with the falls and - HALLELUJAH! Sure, some falls still hurt but the seriously excruciating ones are fewer and further between!
...now I just have to remember to remember
to exhale ... Hmmm ... do you think there's enough time between being thrown and landing, to say, Thundercats!
That would empty the lungs, no?
Ah! But it was suuuuuuuuuuuuuucccchhhhhhhh a relief to finally feel good about breaking-falling again, after so much pain, apprehension and frustration ... it feels like I'm finally shaking-off the SUCK!
THANK YOU ALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!