Friday, April 14, 2017

The Right Way to Fall - "aim for the meat, not the bone"

Is there a right way to fall?

This New York Times article describes the value in learning how to fall and strategies for minimizing injury during a fall.

here are a few excerpts...

The key is to not fight the fall, but just to roll with it, as paratroopers do. “The idea is to orient your body to the ground so when you hit, there’s a multistep process of hitting and shifting your body weight to break up that impact,” said Sgt. First Class Chuck Davidson, master trainer at the Army’s Advanced Airborne School at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Accept that you’re falling and go with it, round your body, and don’t stiffen and distribute the energy so you take the fall in the widest area possible,” said Paul Schreiner, a black belt jiu jitsu instructor at Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City.

...try to take the hit on the fleshiest parts of your body, like the side of your thigh, buttocks and shoulder. “Aim for the meat, not bone,” said Kevin Inouye, a stuntman and assistant professor of acting, movement and stage combat at the University of Wyoming

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

First Course in Aikido (beginners series) begins April 12, 2017



Special includes a uniform and classes two days per week. Fee $97
Ready to dig in to your first course? Aikido practice is tasty and nourishing! For the first day,  you can arrive a few minutes before class.  We'll get you registered and ready to roll. Plan to wear something comfortable you can move in. Be prepared to practice barefoot. Before stepping onto the mat we’ll ask you to clean your feet and remove any jewelry. 
First Course participants are eligible to take the following classes :

Two fundamentals classes per week: 
Wednesdays 6:15pm-7:15pm and Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am 

Series runs Wednesday April 12th through Saturday May 6th.

How to register: Download and fill out the application form; you can bring it in with you on your first day. Make your payment for "First Course" through our online payment portal.