Trainer Seminar: Sam Larson on Rolling and Falling

Jun 23rd, 2009

Trainer Seminar: Sam Larson on Rolling and Falling


Rolling and Falling

This Saturday, June 27, from 11 to 1, I will be teaching a class in basic rolling and falling. No prior experience or practice is necessary. I will cover back falls, side falls, front rolls, and back rolls. The instruction should take about an hour, then I will supervise practice for an hour for anyone who wants to work on the skills.

Why learn to roll and fall?

I learned to roll and fall as part of my martial arts training (Danzan Ryu Jujitsu). Most of the training we do is partner-based, and frequently involves throws and takedowns of various kinds. Learning to take falls when being thrown (referred to in general as ukemi) is one of the first things we teach, and is absolutely fundamental to continuing safe and effective training in our art. I have heard many stories of people escaping and minimizing injury in accidents of various kinds, in bicycle and motorcycle wrecks, falling off of ladders and roofs, and just tripping and falling down, due to the reflexes gained from steady, continued training in ukemi. It has saved my butt a few times, mostly by protecting me from my own clumsiness.

Even if you aren’t planning to take up a sport or martial art that involves falling (such as judo or jujitsu) as part of the practice, rolling and falling are important and useful in other ways. CrossFit lists ten physical skills that define fitness, the last four being coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Rolling and falling will help you develop these skills. In my personal experience, I’ve gone from being completely uncoordinated and clumsy to somewhat less so, a marked improvement.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, rolling and falling are fun. As adults, we tend to avoid falling down whenever possible, because it can hurt and it’s undignified. Being able to take a fall or roll gracefully gives you another way to be comfortable in your body as you go through life, something I think most of us can use.

–Sam Larson

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Tomorrow’s WOD (6/23/09)

Rest Day

DISCUSSION 15 Comments

  1. Lydia June 23, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I wanna do it, but can you teach me how to take down a 210lb Filipino? Now, that would be useful!

    For real, I’m in.

  2. Megan June 23, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I’m in.

  3. Lydia June 23, 2009 at 5:34 am

    $$ Minus 1 Mini Shirts Are In $$: $20 each

    For those of you below that got in on the original order, your shirts are in! We made a few extras for those that still want one but quantities are limited. Also, note that these are the 51/50 brand of American Apparel so they’re not the tight cotton, XS shirts they usually make, these ones are softer, lighter and a little looser (Manwell wears a Lg in these ones and I’ll fit a Med and it’s long enough for the girls so you don’t get cut off at the hips).

    Original Order List:

    Men’s Large:

    1. Marc
    2. Nicole
    3. Michael G
    4. Lance
    5. Glen
    6. Joseph
    7. Papa Brad
    8. Travis
    9. Brandon B
    10. Sam
    11. Bad Brad
    12. Moses
    13. Patrick

    Women’s Medium:

    1. Nicole
    2. Maria
    3. Leigh
    4. Dawn – women’s Lg
    5. Audge – women’s Sm

    **Extras include:

    Men – 2 Lg
    1 XL
    1 Med (perhaps Brandon will trade his Lg for this Med with somebody, you’ll have to ask him though)

    Women – 8 Mediums left

    Email me if you’d like one of the extras listed above. Thanks!

  4. pelon June 23, 2009 at 6:05 am

    put myself and christine down for an extra lg and med.

  5. Brandon B. June 23, 2009 at 6:21 am

    “put myself and christine down for an extra lg and med.”

    Are you and Christine going to wear the XL at the same time?

  6. Joe P June 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    can i have a medium, please?

  7. jp June 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I’ll take an XL if you have any left.

  8. pelon June 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    thank you for catching my grammatical error b. I meant put myself and christine down for one of those extra t-shirts, a lrg male and a medium female.

  9. Ev June 23, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    This sounds awesome, Sam. I’m in.

  10. Allen June 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I’d like to come, are kids welcome too? my son is 6 and he might enjoy this.

  11. Papa Brad June 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Awesome rest day WOD from the warped mind of MJJ. Lance and I went head-to-head, and then Journey and Steven did. Anyone else game?

    “Harden the F*ck Up”

    You will be alternating exercise between running and CF movements. The score will be total reps of movements in all 4 rounds. All weights at 135# and no racks. The time to complete reps is the time it takes challenger to run 400m. Run stops when you cross threshold at top of ramp.

    Round 1: Person A runs 400m, Person B does squat cleans. Then switch.

    Round 2: Person A runs 400m, Person B does burpees. Then switch.

    Round 3: Person A runs 400m, Person B does shoulder-to-overhead. Then switch.

    Round 4: Person A runs 400m, Person B rows for calories. Then switch.

    There are no breaks. Reps stop when runner comes back. You don’t have to wait for challenger to start running once wod starts, when you finish your run up ramp you can start your reps. Most reps wins.

  12. Wyatt June 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Put me down for a maybe. Still trying to figure out my Saturday schedule.

  13. patrick June 24, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I need help my friends. I have to work weds night and thursday. I can’t guarantee that I can pick up my delivery of meat. Is there anybody who can store the meat for me until friday? Or maybe meet me close to the berkeley border? I might be able to meet you somewhere. Please email or call me if you think that you can help me/ or 510*589*6338.
    Thanks you very much

  14. Sam L June 24, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Allen – Yes, kids are welcome.