Fearless Falling

Learn how to Fall Safely and prevent falls.

(Last site update: 05-20-2024)
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The fear of falling is one of our strongest phobias, so most people never learn how to fall properly.
Injuries from accidental falls have become epidemic, but little has been done to help people learn how to fall.
Learning how to fall safely is the primary purpose of the Fearless Falling classes.

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Central Ohio Safe Falling Classes
2024 Summer Classes
Spring - Chun
The Falling classes last one hour, and include a safe warm-up, balance and
Tai Chi movement exercises, and actual simulated falls practiced on thick mats.
Most of the basic class material is repeated in each of the 6-8 classes in the session.
There is one class per week, and you can start a class or two behind and still catch up easily.

Whetstone MatWhetstone Community Center
3923 N. High Street, Columbus Ohio
(614) 645-3217

The next session starts on June 14th

Register online or at the desk!
Fridays, 9:30am

Columbus Parks online registration


Griswold classWorthington Griswold Center
777 High Street, Worthington, OH  43085
(614) 842-6320

Classes will start on June 10th, 2024

Sign up for a safer Summer!

Mondays, 2:30pm

Worthington Griswold online registration

Westerville Center Room

Westerville Community Center
350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 901-6560

The next class is on May 22nd

It's not too late to register for this class!

Wednesdays, 3:00pm
Westerville online registration

KR backfall
Click here for the basic Lesson


What is the Fearless Falling Program?

Based on Tai Chi movement skills and Kung-fu wrestling falling techniques, Fearless Falling classes will teach you how to prevent falls and how to  protect yourself as much as possible if you have an accidental fall.  The basic skills of falling safely are not difficult, but like any physical skills, they must be practiced to be learned well.  Just as important, practicing the falling motion in a safe way on soft mats reduces the FEAR of falling.  Fear stiffens us up and slows our responses -- having a strong fear of falling makes you more likely to have a serious fall!

Martial arts students, gymnasts, skaters, skiers, wrestlers, and other athletes learn specific falling methods for their arts.  Most of these techniques are very useful if you have a sudden accidental fall.JudoMethod Some martial arts, like Judo and Jujutsu, strike the ground with an outstretched arm   (shown left) to help absorb some of the shock.  But this method is problematic off the mats, where concrete and uneven surfaces abound, and requires accurate timing to be effective.  

Side roll-backWe teach a modified method from Shuai Chiao Kungfu, where your arms pull in and wrap protectively around your head.  But, details aside, any training in proper falling techniques is better than NONE.  Just as basic swimming instruction can prepare you for an accidental plunge into water, basic falling methods can prepare you for an accidental fall.

The Fearless Falling class will provide you with information and actual practice of some basic survival skills.  These simple self-protection skills prepare you for common situations and can prevent a trip to the hospital or even save your life.  In addition to falling skills, we cover balance, coordination, and mental awareness.  Tai Chi practice has been shown in several scientific studies to improve balance and awareness of both your own body and the surrounding environment.  These abilities are key to the prevention of falls.  

Rocking AnimationFearless Falling starts with very low and easy movements such as rocking back and forth on the floor, for example, and progresses gradually to more advanced levels. You will practice getting up and down from floor level -- with assistance as needed.

basic mat fall
The actual falling skills are practiced on a very thick (12-14") soft mat.  
 It's like sitting down on a low bed.

As your skills improve the challenges will increase, but you will
never be forced into a dangerous or threatening situation in the class.

Sitting FallOne of the most important rules of falling is very simple:
left arrow
Important note: this is a demonstration of a controlled fall
to floor level without the normal training mat.

Remember:  Tuck, Sit, & Roll.

* Click here for the basic Lesson *

Instructional Fearless Falling videos from the 2020 Central Ohio Primary Care presentation:

How to Prevent Falls                        How to Fall Safely  

Prevent fallsHow to fall
-- Click on pictures for YouTube videos --
Videos  courtesy of  Andrew Brantley, Central Ohio Primary Care

---  Some Sobering Statistics ---

If you are 65 or older, you have a 1 in 4 chance of
having an accidental fall this year.

Images from the Ohio Department of Health Special Emphasis Report: Fall Injuries among Older Adults 2005-2014
* * Click HERE for the Full Report * *

CDC-Fall Stats

The most common serious injury from falling is a hip fracture.
More than 24 percent of all people suffering a hip fracture die
within a year of falling, and another 50 percent never return to
their prior level of mobility and independence.

Most fatal falls occur at home.  
The National Safety Council reports that 54 percent of all falling-related
deaths of older people are caused by seniors falling down at home,
and 20 percent of those fatal falls occur in residential institutions.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS),
accidental falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the US,
and the primary cause of fatal injuries for Americans 65 and older.
Most injuries come from striking a hard floor.

The number of fatal falls among older Ohioans increased
more than 202 percent
from 2000-2015.
~ Ohio Department of Health

Every week, accidental falls send 60,000 adults
to the emergency room, and over 400 die as a result.

Don't be a victim of gravity!  Learn the basics, and it will be valuable for the rest of your life.

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* * * Important Legal Notice * * *
The falling methods and techniques shown on this site and taught in the Fearless Falling classes are basic physical skills that, like any exercise program, can potentially cause serious injury -- especially if practiced without proper instruction or supervision.  Pre-existing conditions can make some physical movements extremely hazardous. Students with brittle bones, severe spinal issues, or weak abdominal areas should be very cautious. You should always consult your physician before starting any exercise program.   All instructional materials on the Fearless Falling website are provided for educational purposes only.  FearlessFalling.com and all assigns and associates bear no responsibility for any injuries or damages that occur from practicing, teaching, or using any of the methods or techniques shown on this site.  These are reliable and time-tested methods, but we cannot guarantee their applicability or effectiveness for any particular situation or event.  
Practice these methods and techniques at your own risk.

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