© 2018-2019 by Kupuna Aikido.  All Rights Reserved.

SAFE FALLING

SAFE FALLING CLASS CURRICULUM

 We offer two Safe Falling courses.  

 The FOUNDATION course is for first-timers and teaches basic application of our safe falling principles.

 The CONTINUATION course is or students who have completed the FOUNDATIONS course but want additional   training and practice on safe falling.  You MUST have completed the FOUNDATION course to sign up for the   continuation course.

 In general, the course goals and objectives are as follows:

  FOUNDATION COURSE

 Fall Prevention Through Situational Awareness

  • Surroundings – scanning for potential hazards and avoid them

  • Terrain and footwear – footwear adequate and appropriate to the terrain

  • Use of Available Aids – walkers, canes, rails, etc.

  • Distractions – remain focused on surroundings, movement and foot placement

  Strengthening/Limbering

  • Aikido-related breathing/stretching/warm-up exercises

  • Leg/core strengthening

  • Understanding balance/unbalancing

  Methodology to Receive Falls Safely

  • Relaxation, lower height of fall

  • Protect head, neck and joints

  • Distribute impact across mass of body musculature

  • Stop and assess condition before getting up

 Sessions consist of a 50 minute class once a week for eight weeks progressing from awareness and stretching exercises to falling   methods for various conditions. Each class would also provide breaks as needed, during which questions or anecdotal situations may   be discussed.

 

 

CONTINUATION COURSE

       This class may only be taken AFTER completing the FOUNDATION Safe Falling course. You MUST have completed the Foundation course to register for this course. This continuation course will include:

  • Continuation of exercises to improve flexibility, balance and core strength. In addition to the exercises used in the previous classes, new exercises will be added.

  • Review of front and back falls. Start with kneeling or sitting, work up to standing

  • Review dropping inanimate items carried before falling

  • Introduction of new safe falling techniques: e.g., falling without taking a step forward, and a variation of the back fall.

  • Unexpected situations that cause immediate falls.

  • Taking immediate falls safely, forward and backward.

  • Falling while using a walking aid.

  • Introduction to Low Impact Aikido.

  • Philosophy and principles of Aikido

  • Maintaining balance and moving from the center.

  • Escapes from grasps

  • Practicing Aikido defensive arts and safe falling. (e.g., one partner defends against a basic strike, and guides the other into a safe fall.) 

   Sessions consist of a 50 minute class once a week for eight weeks progressing from review of key points from the Foundation course to additional safe falling techniques and introduction to Low Impact Aikido. Each class would also provide breaks as needed, during which questions or anecdotal situations may be discussed.