> < Does anyone have any tips on falling?
> If you really want to get into this, I recommend martial arts. Not only
> will it help you in falling, but it will help your unicycling. (And your
> unicycling gives you a headstart in martial arts).
I had a skydiving instructor once demonstrate how he could fall over, and
roll out of it and stand back up, without ever spilling his beer. Though,
that’s definitely a useful skill to learn, I am certain there are many
different types of falls one can make.
Martial arts do seem to provide the most extensive training in the
subject. I just don’t seem to have the patience to learn
> I guess the basic principle in falling is being loose and distributing
> the impact across as much of your body as possible. The opposite would
> be to stick out a wrist, or land on your knee. Usually you see this in
> people who are afraid of falling, or perhaps not that used to any kind
> of extreme physical movement.
I often wonder why instinct is generally to try to catch yourself
with hands or knees, when it is clearly in your best interest to
roll. I suppose catching yourself does work well for short distances,
at low speeds.
> I tend to think of it this way - once you know you are going into a
> fall, go with it, don’t resist. Let your body flop like a rag doll. You
> make a good point about considering “what to do prior to the fall.” I
> wish I could apply that in learning to wheel walk. When you fall
> backwards and your butt heads straight for the pavement, how do you
> handle that? This happened once and is probably what’s keeping me from
> practicing ww more often.
I have had the wind knocked out of me twice in my life. Once was in the
playground, in elementary school. The second was early this summer when I
was learing to wheel walk. I must have leaned back a little too far, and
very soon, there was no longer a unicycle holding me up. My weight was
well distributed across my back. (Actually, the back having a large
surface area meant I wasn’t actually injured… it just took me 20 minutes
before I could breathe normally again)
As for recovering from that, I’m not sure I know how. What I have learned,
is to not let the fall be so bad as that in the first place. As I’ve
gotten better at ww, I’ve naturally gotten better at sensing when I am
stable, and when I am not. As soon as I realize I am in an unstable
position, I try to correct it. If I can’t, I have to figure out the good
way to land. Most of the time, I can turn a backwards fall into a sideways
fall before I leave the seat. If I can’t, I’ve sometimes managed to turn
the fall into a backwards run.
The better you are at a trick, the better you will tend to be from
recovering from falls resulting from that trick. To be good at recovering
from falls resulting from any trick. That’s the prize I’m after
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