Injuries may occur from falling while sparring, being pushed during a street confrontation, slipping on mud or ice, or just tripping while carrying out routine daily tasks, Injuries from falls range from a bruise or sprain to a concussion or possible death. In a fall during a self-defense situation, one must prevent injury from the fall, protect oneself from further attack during the fall, and regain a defensive position as quickly as possible after the fall. Falling properly must be instinctive, since most falls come unexpectedly and there is no time to react consciously.
Initially, the students learn to falls from kneeling or sitting positions. Then they progress to standing falls. These are useful while practicing basic self-defense techniques. However, before practicing advanced techniques, students must be capable of making falls from greater heights; therefore, they practice jumping or diving over obstacles before falling.
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