Fall without breaking things

Learning to make contact with the ground (breakfall) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakfall without becoming a casualty is one of the most important Personal Protection skills we can learn. How to teach that to senior citizens who have no experience is outside my lane but its importance in hand to gland combat is undeniable. It’s also very useful if you live in an area where there is ice in the winter or if your house has any steps, as I can personally testify to.

Police: 80-year-old man dies after being shoved to the ground during mask dispute in New York bar

https://www.kptv.com/general/police-80-year-old-man-dies-after-being-shoved-to-the-ground-during-mask-dispute/article_c8f908a4-65ba-5d08-a71d-43fd2585c7da.html

Another lesson in the incident is that discretion is the better part of valor, especially when you’re a senior citizen. This poor gentleman was concerned about decorum to the bar staff and coronavirus but the cause of his death was a broken skull. According to the District Attorney, the two were familiar with and disliked each other. In all likelihood, this was an example what Rory Miller terms ‘the monkey dance.’ It’s foolish and dangerous.

Note that the person charged with his death is also a senior citizen so don’t think that it’s only ‘White Punks On Dope’ who can cause your demise.

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2 responses

  1. I’ve been teaching breakfalling for decades. Breakfalling isn’t that hard, really. It just requires some technique and practice. And, a little bit like a hard front-sight focus, you have to do some things which aren’t “instinctive.”

    I *firmly* believe that safe falling techniques should be a *required* part of phys-ed in primary school.

  2. “hand to gland combat” was US Army wordplay for ‘hand to hand combat’ when I was in. All my instructors started the sessions saying that. Yesterday, I learned it is now urban slang for masturbation so I’ll have to stop using that phrase.

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