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.
Just two minutes of balancing activity a day can make a big difference
in how you handle a sudden trip or stumble!
An essential exercise from the Fearless Falling class:
* * Learn some of the falling injury prevention basics online with these YouTube videos * *
Instructional Fearless Falling videos from the Central Ohio Primary Care presentation:
How to Prevent Falls
How to Fall Safely
-- Click on the pictures for YouTube videos --
Videos courtesy of Andrew Brantley, Central Ohio Primary Care
answers to all your safe falling questions, email:
Second session classes in Autumn of 2021:
Central Ohio Safe Falling Classes
Note: most of the basic class material
is repeated and practiced over again.
You can start a class or two behind and still catch up easily.
3923 N. High Street, Columbus Ohio
Classes start on November 5th
The Whetstone Community
Center: A.J. on the "Big Blue" mat.
Worthington Griswold Center
777 High Street, Worthington,
NOTE: no class on November 29th! (11-29-21)
Classes started on November 8th
Fearless Falling: Mondays -- 4:00pm
Register in the Fall at the Griswold Center, or online at:
Fearless Falling Class Registration in Worthington --
Worthington Griswold Center class on mats
K.R. demonstrates a basic fall on our thick mat at the Griswold Center.
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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
these techniques are very useful if you have a sudden accidental fall.
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.
We 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
some basic real-world physical 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.
starts with very low and easy
movements such as rocking back and forth on the floor, for
progresses gradually to more advanced levels. You will practice getting
up and down from floor level -- with assistance as needed.
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
will increase, but you will
never be forced into a dangerous or threatening
in the class.
One of the most important rules of falling is very simple:
SIT DOWN !
Important note: this is a demonstration of a controlled fall
to floor level without the normal training mat.
Sit, & Roll.
* Click here for the basic Lesson *
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 * *
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.
According to the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS),
Safety Council reports that 54 percent of all falling-related
older people are caused by seniors falling down at home,
and 20 percent of those fatal falls occur in residential institutions.
are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the US,
and the primary cause of fatal injuries for Americans 65 and older.
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
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
Fearless Falling ®, 2021
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requests to FearlessFallingInfo@gmail.com
* * 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
injury -- especially if practiced without proper instruction or
supervision. Pre-existing conditions can make
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.
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
site. These are reliable and time-tested methods, but we
guarantee their applicability or effectiveness for any particular
situation or event.
Practice these methods and
techniques at your own risk.
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