[Aikido Ukemi] 5 Different Types of High Falls / Break Falls


Welcome to another Aikido Siauliai’s video,
this time introducing different types of high falls.
The two main high falls are generally called break falls and feather falls. The Break Fall or sometimes called Slap Fall
mainly consist of slapping the mat just before you land. The slap transmits the energy of
the fall through the hand, thus making it easier for the body to take the hit. It is
very well used in high falls where there is no contact with the thrower, although it can
also be applied in many different situations. The downside of this fall, is that hips and
occasionally side of body have to still take some fairly heavy impact, which eventually
accumulates and can become strenuous to the body, especially that of older age. The feather fall, also known as soft high
fall, for it’s light and soundless effect, specializes in reaching and touching the mat
with the hand as early as possible, then unrolling through the rest of the arm, shoulder line
and then the back. This scatters the impact, making it very light on the body and almost
feeling like a general roll. The down side of it, is that it requires skill
and flexibility to perform, thus takes time and effort to master. Nevertheless, do not
be discouraged, because it is attainable to everyone and not only black belts. OTHER HIGH FALLS One more high fall could be called “foot
high fall”, which includes touching the mat as early as possible before landing. The
energy of the throw is transmitted through the foot, thus making it easy to land without
hard impact. It is mainly used in Koshi-Nages, but can
also be applied in several other techniques. When performing a high fall with a weapon,
you can apply both break falls and feather falls. The main difference from empty handed
high falls, is that you maintain the bokken in one of your hands, while releasing the
other one to reach for the mat to reduce impact. Sometimes both hands can be held by Nage,
thus having to either land on the side, or use the “foot high fall” to compensate
for the lack of arms and ability to reach with them. Do you think we missed some other types of
high falls? Let us know in the comments bellow. We’d love to know. Also, press the like
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12 Replies to “[Aikido Ukemi] 5 Different Types of High Falls / Break Falls

  1. Fantastic! I don't remember ever seeing such a fall before. Again, I only got to 3 or 4 belt levels. I never did any advanced falls and it's been over 20 years. That 'feather' technique I'll keep in mind once I have moved in the spring, found a proper dojo and get back to Aikido. At 45 yrs old, impact takes its toll. lol

  2. I love this series, any chance you could do a few "Aikido for dummies" videos? the kind that assume minimal to no prior knowledge and build up a knowledge base that way I guess 😀

  3. I have seen a throw, which is almost identical to one from judo, where the nage hoists uke up across his shoulders and literally, launches his into space. The uke has to drop from the height of nage's shoulders [however high that may be]. Admittedly, its a rare technique, but if you should find yourself in this unenvable position, apart from making your peace with your God, how do you take the impact? Good luck with this one!

  4. Nice, I hadn't heard of the term feather falls used before, but it is quite a catchy term. You can see how to advance these falls further to even do them on asphalt and concrete on my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nd7QOiOeb4 I include drills to help condition for these breakfalls as well.

  5. I share Defense Techniques. If you subscribe to the channel and give support to the affection 💪 🥊 🥊 🙏

  6. I remember taking aikido when i was a teenager and agsin in my mid 20's.
    I know it isn't the most effective form of self defence but i still enjoy watching it because it looks so good and has so many fancy throws.

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