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