A flip fall is used when falling forward with no forward momentum when one must clear an obstacle. In training, start practicing the technique from a squatting position and progress to a standing position and a flip from a standing position.
Flip Fall (Final Position)
Lie on mat on your back:
- Bend knees so feet are flat on mat.
- Raise hips off mat.
- Raise head off mat.
- Slap the mat with open palms with the arms at a 45-degree angle from the body and kiai. During the fall, the palms should hit the ground a split second before the upper back hits the ground.
- At this point, only the arms, upper back, and feet should contact the mat.
- Repeat until the movements become smooth and powerful.
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