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Safe Falling -- Anecdotes and Testimonials

The Fearless Falling program is too new to be "evidence-based" through repeated, controlled, and randomized clinical studies.  However, the basic techniques are well-known and are scientifically based on human biomechanics, physics, and physiology.  The following anecdotal evidence is from and about seniors from our classes who were able to use their safe falling methods in real situations; sometimes years later.

C.Y.: 1-25-2018

I fell at the gas station today and used my forearms to “smack the cheese”! How about that?
-- student from 2014.


A.J.:
AS AN OCTOGENARIAN I CAN ASSURE YOU THIS TRAINING  CAN PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY.  MY ONLY FALL, AT MY AGE, ON A SLIPPERY FLOOR IN A HARDWARE ENABLED ME BECAUSE OF THIS TRAINING TO BE COMPLETELY UNSCATHED.




Dear Mike,
Just wanted to thank you for teaching the “Fearless Falling” class and
share an experience that I believe, proves the value of the class.
I was delivering a basket of peaches to friends when I tripped on an
uneven part of their cement walk. My toe was stuck in a crack and I was
falling face down onto the concrete.

The next thing I was aware of was that my body’s muscle memory had
taken over and I landed in the ideal position for that fall. My chin was
tucked down and my arms were protecting my head. I had twisted onto
the side of my back in a curled-up position. My only injury was a small
scrape on the side of my knee. Even though I had practiced that fall
many, many, times I was amazed that it really worked! I wasn’t even sore
the next day!

At 68 years old, I hate to think what would have happened if I had not
taken your class and learned how to fall properly. I’ve encouraged all my
friends to take this class. It’s one of the most important things I’ve done
for myself. It’s good exercise and it’s fun!

Thanks again,
D.B.




I still recall that you were the one who taught me the basics of falling all those years ago in the old gymnastics room at Larkins, and I still use a lot of your lessons in my class.  People always ask if I've ever had to use my training, and are really excited when I tell them "yeah, a couple times a year."

Then I tell them about falling, and while they are usually a little disappointed, it becomes an interesting discussion about all this (martial arts) being about more than kicking and punching (or grabbing and throwing as it were).

T.M. -- Black Belt Instructor



Thank you. The class has already saved me from two falls.

B.CP.



This afternoon I was sitting at my desk in my home office/craft center. I was sitting on my old "kneeling chair" that I've used with my computer for DECADES!  It's one of those things where you kneel on a padded section and sit on a backless section and your weight is sent forward so you don't hurt your back.  I pushed back to grab a pair of scissors, and the main bolt slipped out and the seat suddenly flipped, sending me ass over teakettle, backwards, with my feet going straight up!  My training kicked in and I curled up and protected my head...landing hard on my butt.  My head never touched the ground!  Of course my butt will probably be black and blue for a week but I really wasn't hurt.  I had no time to think about what was happening so it's all due to my training!

Successfully yours,
S.RB.


I wanted to share my latest fall with you.  I was rushing about at the Las Vegas airport.  As I had not been outdoors all day and the sun was very bright when I stepped into it, I could not see a barrier across the street.  I walked full force into it and bounced backward into the street, falling on my back.  Thanks to the falling training, I tucked my arms, hands, and head and rolled enough to absorb the impact.  My fall could have resulted in great pain and injury, but it didn't.  I bruised my thumb when I was forced from my suitcase or roller bag, I am not sure which thing, probably my suitcase.  I also bruised my left knee from the impact with the barrier.

I braced my thumb over the weekend and the swelling went down.  My knee is tender, but recovering as well.     Thanks to the fall techniques, I did not hurt my wrists, arms, elbows, hips, tailbone, or head.  Considering the unforgiving nature of concrete, I would say I did very well.

B.F.

A.K. -- 90 years old:

Had a bad fall in her bathroom after only 3 classes. She was pulling down the shower curtain and the rod suddenly came loose; she fell backwards on to a hard floor.  She injured her right wrist - a serious sprain, but remembers tucking and curling up: no head-strike, no concussion, from what could have been a lethal fall.