Purposley falling off the unicylce

I’ve taken a few courses in stage combat and done some acting, so this comes
from a very different perspective from the Judo post.

<<“Touching up” with the ground is essential if you want to remain in control of
your fall. Without it, you can’t be sure that you’re on balance. Rolling is a
good idea because it gives the illusion that you are out of control but in fact
is quite easy to control.

At the end of your roll, if you snap your feet to the floor so that the soles of
your shoes make a loud sound when they hit, then arch your back, it makes the
illusion of the fall having hurt. At the end of the roll, your feet and
shoulders should be on the ground, but your back should be slightly arched. Hold
this position for a second, then let your back drop to the floor.>>

Yeah that sounds familiar. It’s just more details of the same things we are
learning, but thanks anyway.

Univent

Re: Purposley falling off the unicylce

>Can you give me any better ideas to look like a realistic fall that
>doesn’t hurt?

I’ve taken a few courses in stage combat and done some acting, so this comes
from a very different perspective from the Judo post.

“Touching up” with the ground is essential if you want to remain in control of
your fall. Without it, you can’t be sure that you’re on balance. Rolling is a
good idea because it gives the illusion that you are out of control but in fact
is quite easy to control.

At the end of your roll, if you snap your feet to the floor so that the soles of
your shoes make a loud sound when they hit, then arch your back, it makes the
illusion of the fall having hurt. At the end of the roll, your feet and
shoulders should be on the ground, but your back should be slightly arched. Hold
this position for a second, then let your back drop to the floor.

Be careful when you do this, though–it takes practice to get it right. I have
never done it from a unicycle, but I have done it many times from a standing
position, and I have been thrown a few times (in fight scenes on stage) into
this maneuver.

Let us know how it goes!

Dan Fingerman !daniel.fingerman@yale.edu Spam protection: remove the !

Re: Purposley falling off the unicylce

Re: “Purposely Falling Off a Unicycle”
=====================================

Dear Pained Gentlemen:

What you’re talking about here is the “Ancient Chinese Art” (Founded at
UNICON IX) of:

                                "Tah - Tan - Gah"

I know that John Foss wanted to include this in his mystery quiz of ten
questions which would be answered only at UNICON X … in (of course)
China, but since I feel that it’s relevant to the current topic of discussion,
I’ll spill the beans NOW.

    "Tah - Tan - Gah" is in fact a word with a double meaning.
  1. The first one is the one Kevin Costner learned from his Indian pals in
    “Dances with Wolves” a few years back … In that instance, it meant
    “Buffalo.” You know, the big hairy cow of the American Plains with long horns
    which in the early ninteenth century used to number more than the entire US
    population?

  2. The second translation comes from CANTONESE, the dialect of Chinese which
    originates in Guangdong Province of China and which is the principal language
    of HONG KONG. It was mostly heard in the muddy, wet woods of Bottrup when the
    Hong Kong riders in the Orienteering race would, after a spectacular head
    over heels sloppy fall into the swamp pits, pick themselves and their
    unicycles out of the slog and proudly utter “Tah - Tan - Gah !!!”

It means, “I did it on purpose” or “Purposely Falling off a unicycle!!!”

Since then, the battle cry of the Hong Kong Team has changed from “Push The
Limits” to “Tah - Tan - Gah,” which, in deference to Kevin Costner is usually
muttered with the accompanying one or two hand signal of the buffalo /
buffalo horns!

So therefore, any time “YOU” fall off a unicycle, either “On Purpose” or not, it
will naturally become a “Tah - Tan - Gah” fall, and will therefore by definition
of an “On Purpose Fall” … NOT HURT!

Any blood lost, or skinned shins / knees experienced will simply become part of
the “Stage Effect.”

So get out there, practice you’re 720 UNI - Spin like Andy Schwarz, jump off
cliff faces like Roger Davies, or coast one-footed on pavement like Julian
Monney and then no matter what happens to your body or unicycle, you’ll know
what to say!!!

                                                            \o/ "Tah - Tan -
                                                            Gah!"
                                                             #

>>
…O

Stephen Dressler - Unicycling Society of Hong Kong “Alive Again”

At 12:54 PM 9/7/98 GMT, you wrote:
>>Can you give me any better ideas to look like a realistic fall that
>>doesn’t hurt?
>

Re: Purposley falling off the unicylce

Steve Dressler wrote:

> Re: “Purposely Falling Off a Unicycle”
> =====================================
>
> Dear Pained Gentlemen:
>
> What you’re talking about here is the “Ancient Chinese Art” (Founded at
> UNICON IX) of:
>
> “Tah - Tan - Gah”

etc.

This is a great word… We had a fantastic time riding down Arthurs Seat in
Edinburgh with a massive smile on our faces. There was a cacophony of cries when
every anyone dismounted!

                           "Tah - Tan - Gah"
                           "Tah - Tan - Gah"
                           "Tah - Tan - Gah"
                           "Tah - Tan - Gah"

:slight_smile:

What fun

Roger
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Re: Purposley falling off the unicylce

hi

I’d like to try this now but unfortunatly my unicycle is in a friends house, but
i don’t think it’s dangerouse since i’ve tested(not as a volounteer ;)) with a
bicycle when i rode as fast as i could and my front weel locked up in someway. i
was surprised that i didn’t hurt myself at all, not a single scratch :slight_smile:

i’ve also done this in stage with a friend, when i practised i used shoes and
hit the woodfloor a bit extra with them, but when we played it for the audience
i didn’t use shooes… this has nothing to do with unicycling but my feet
didn’t like it… :wink:

/GeGgAkLaBB

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On Mon, 7 Sep 1998, Dan Fingerman wrote:

> >Can you give me any better ideas to look like a realistic fall that
> >doesn’t hurt?
>
> I’ve taken a few courses in stage combat and done some acting, so this comes
> from a very different perspective from the Judo post.
>
> “Touching up” with the ground is essential if you want to remain in control of
> your fall. Without it, you can’t be sure that you’re on balance. Rolling is a
> good idea because it gives the illusion that you are out of control but in
> fact is quite easy to control.
>
> At the end of your roll, if you snap your feet to the floor so that the soles
> of your shoes make a loud sound when they hit, then arch your back, it makes
> the illusion of the fall having hurt. At the end of the roll, your feet and
> shoulders should be on the ground, but your back should be slightly arched.
> Hold this position for a second, then let your back drop to the floor.
>
> Be careful when you do this, though–it takes practice to get it right. I have
> never done it from a unicycle, but I have done it many times from a standing
> position, and I have been thrown a few times (in fight scenes on stage) into
> this maneuver.
>
> Let us know how it goes!
>
>
> Dan Fingerman !daniel.fingerman@yale.edu Spam protection: remove the !
>