Ann Arbor Dojo Teaches Ukemi – The Art of Falling Safely

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michimich -- Are you a beginner? Considering martial arts training?

You'll learn the basics first, which include stances, punches, and falling correctly.

The art of falling in martial arts is called ukemi and there are many types of falls.

The Basics:

When falling, it's important to prevent a head injury. To prevent injury, keep your chin tucked to your chest and focus on something in front of you, like your belt knot. If your eyes are unfocused, you might rock your head during the fall. As soon as your back hits the mat, slap the mat with your arms from shoulder to fingertip. Keep your arms positioned in a "v" shape when you do this rather than holding your arms out straight like a plus sign. When your arms are straight, your head tends to go back. Keep your legs uniform as one unit.

Beginner Falls

Two-Hand Back Fall:
This fall utilizes all the basics. From a sitting position, keep your arms outstretched and keep your legs straight and together. Then, lean back while lifting your legs into the air, and as soon as your back hits the mat, slap with both hands and come back down to the sitting position.

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With these same principles, you can do one-handed back falls and side to side falls.

Standing Back Fall: When you fall standing up, you don't want to fall straight like a tree. You could land on your head or fall with more force than necessary. You want to try to sit as much as possible during the fall so you don't fall as far. To practice, stand with your arms straight in front of you. Bend your knees as if you're trying to sit on your heels and fall backward. Once your back hits the mat, slap.

When you train at JMAC, you can have peace of mind that it's a safe environment where they listen to you and assess your skills before putting you in more challenging activities.

If you're interested in martial arts in Ann Arbor (, they'd love to have you come watch a class. Call them at (734)720-0330 or fill out their contact form to schedule a visit!

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About Japanese Martial Arts Center: Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, JMAC is an authentic Japanese martial arts facility that focuses on karate, judo, Nihon jujutsu, and iaido serving the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Pinckney, and Canton areas as well as all Southeast Michigan. Experienced instructors train the mind, body, and spirit of members at an individualized pace, offering martial arts to both experienced and inexperienced students.

Source: Japanese Martial Arts Center

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