Traditional Judo

Judo Breakfalls and Breakfall Drills

Ukemi Waza


Featured Technique:

Ushiro Ukemi - Back Breakfall




 

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Ushiro Ukemi - Back Breakfall


In it's simplest form, Ushiro Ukemi can be done from a squat position and rolling gently onto your back.

Your chin should be tucked tightly against your chest at all times so that your head does not touch the mats upon impact - this is critical as it will save your from head injuries when this breakfall is done with greater force. Your arms should be at about a 30 to 45 degree angle from your sides and should strike the ground at the same moment your back hits - DO NOT reack back for the ground. Your legs should be straight, finishing in a somewhat piked position. You should exhale strongly (making an 'Oof!' sound is a good way to do it) as you hit the ground - don't hold your breath!

As with all breakfalls, the idea is to spread the impact over as much surface area as possible, using a slapping motion with the arms to remove as much of the force as possible from your upper back/chest.

Once you are comfortable with the basic back breakfall position, you can then progress to continuing the backwards roll, going over one shoulder, and coming up to your feet. If you are feeling energetic, after slapping the mats with your arms, move your hands to the ground by your head, and as your roll over your shoulder, and press yourself up to a standing position.

Good drills to practice Ushiro Ukemi with are:
1. Doing a front roll coming to a standing position, followed by a back breakfall also coming to a standing position, and repeat the front/back rolls 10 times.

2. Have a partner kneel down on all fours, forming a 'horse' and do your ushiro ukemi over him. Start with a low horse (or even with him laying completely prone) and as your skill and confidence increases, increases the height of the horse.

3. Walk backwards without looking and have a partner lay on the floor behind you and at a random moment, block your legs forcing you to do a back breakfall. This will help your ushiro ukemi become instinctual.


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Breakfall Instruction: Breakfall Drills and Practice:
Click for a video showing how to do a Traditional Judo breakfall technique called Chugaeri - Shoulder Roll. Chugaeri - Shoulder Roll Click for a video showing a Traditional Judo breakfall Drill for Chugaeri - Shoulder Roll. Breakfall Drills - Chugaeri
Click for a video showing how to do a Traditional Judo technique called Mae Ukemi - Front Breakfall. Mae Ukemi- Front Breakfall Click for a video showing how to do a Traditional Judo Breakfall Drill for Ushiro Ukemi . Breakfall Drills - Ushiro Ukemi
Click for a video showing how to do a Kodokan Judo technique called Ushiro Ukemi - Back Breakfall. Ushiro Ukemi - Back Breakfall Click for a video showing a Traditional Kodokan Judo Drill to help with Ushiro Ukemi and Sempo Kai Ten. Drills for Ushiro Ukemi
and Zempo Kai Ten
Click for a video showing how to do a Traditional Judo technique called Yoko Ukemi- Side Breakfall. Yoko Ukemi - Side Breakfall Click for a video showing a Traditional Kodokan Judo Breakfall Drill for Yoko Ukemi - Side Breakfall. Breakfall Drills - Yoko Ukemi
Click for a video showing how to do a Traditional Judo technique called Zempo Kai Ten - Front Roll. Zempo Kai Ten - Front Roll Click for a Traditional Judo Video showing a judo breakfall Drill for Yoko Ukemi or Chugaeri - side breakfall or shoulder rolling breakfall. Breakfall Drills - Yoko Ukemi
or Chugaeri
  Click for a video showing how to do a Traditional Judo Breakfall Drill for Zempo Kai Ten - front roll. Breakfall Drills - Zempo Kai Ten

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Little Girl does a near PERFECT Ushiro Ukemi breakfall after getting drilled by a soccer ball :)



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