Talking about safety

There has been alot of posts about helmets etc. so I thought I’d bring up another safety precausion.

LEARN TO FALL.

Knowing how to fall saved me alot of pain.

I think John Foss wrote about it somewhere, so this might be a bit redundant, but here goes.

Some standard techniques from judo where helpfull and easily adapted to unicycling.

Put on all the safety gear you have and try falling safely in all the ways you can think of.
I think falling is actually fun to practice. My favorite is falling backwards from wheel walk or riding backwards.
You can make it look pretty impressive if you roll out of it.

Morten

ah yes!

I did that while teaching people how to ski :

  • learn to fall
  • it’s “fun” to fall!
    then people are deshinibited and just focus on skiing pleasure.

I suggest not to use judo techniques but rather those of aikido
(smooth rolling)
probalby other sports could teach us a thing or two

bear

Re: Talking about safety

wobbling bear wrote:
> I suggest not to use judo techniques but rather those of aikido
> (smooth rolling)
> probalby other sports could teach us a thing or two

IME exactly the same breakfalls are taught in both judo and aikido,
although in practice one will use rolling breakfalls more often in
aikido and back falls more often in judo. It’s useful to practice both
until they become second nature.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually had cause to use a rolling breakfall
while yiking, though I’ve used them a couple of times while biking or
motorbiking. I used back breakfalls a couple of times while learning to
ride a yike. I think I may also have used a front breakfall once or
twice while unicycling.


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Re: Talking about safety

“Danny Colyer” <danny@jugglersafety.net> wrote in message
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>
> I don’t think I’ve ever actually had cause to use a rolling breakfall
> while yiking, though I’ve used them a couple of times while biking or
> motorbiking. I used back breakfalls a couple of times while learning to
> ride a yike. I think I may also have used a front breakfall once or
> twice while unicycling.
>
I suspect a rearward breakfall might cause some problems: If you are, or
have been into Judo, your natural timing might make you try to break the
fall whilst still a foot or so off the ground.

Naomi

Re: Talking about safety

Naomi wrote:
> I suspect a rearward breakfall might cause some problems: If you
> are, or have been into Judo, your natural timing might make you try
> to break the fall whilst still a foot or so off the ground.

At the time I learnt to ride a unicycle, I had been in the habit of
doing 4 hours of judo and 2 hours of aikido a week. My natural timing
didn’t cause me any problems when falling backwards off a 20". Remember
that when being thrown you might be lifted slightly at the beginning of
the throw, so would be falling from a similar height (albeit probably
somewhat faster) than when falling backwards off a 20" yike.


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