Knowing how to fall safely is an invaluable skill. Take the time to train it!
So the other day, I made the following contentious statement on Twitter:
If you can do a muscle-up but can’t happily do a forward roll on concrete, you’ve got your priorities wrong.
Response: mixed. Mainly from people who love muscle-ups.
Let’s be clear: I’m not saying that you should regularly do forward rolls on concrete as part of your training. I’m saying that you should be able to do one, with minimal discomfort, if the situation calls for it. Royce Gracie, winner of three of the first four UFC tournaments, agrees with me – apparently at his seminars, he regularly asks people how confident they are in their breakfalls, then asks if they’d happily do them in the car park. Dan John, probably the strength and conditioning coach I have the most respect for, suggests that tumbling/falling practise is…
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