Tumbling Skills

Tumbling skills are maneuvers that reduce or eliminate injuries from falling or being thrown and help you to regain your feet quickly.  Tumbling skills are very important to develop but often are the least emphasized skill category in Chinese Martial Arts.  Tumbling includes all methods of break falls, and acrobatics.  Basic exercises include:

Forward Roll
From kneeling
From crouching
From standing
With a leap
With a push from the rear
Backward Roll
From prone
From kneeling
From crouching
From Standing
With a push from the front
Sideways Roll
From prone in a circle
From kneeling
From crouching
From Standing
With a push from the side
Slapping Break Fall
On the mat side to side
On the mat with a kip up between each Break Fall.
Off the partners knee

When practicing these drills proper instruction is essential.  With adequate practice and the correct technique these rolls can be performed on concrete.  If you only practice your tumbling skills on a mat and you can only do them on a mat you will never perfect your skill and you’ll be afraid to roll in the street.  Rolling is the most desirable technique to use when thrown.  If you can roll out of a fall or throw you can minimize the injuries to your body and regain your feet very quickly.  When practicing these rolls remain alert around you as you roll and end in a fighting stance.  Break Falls are useful when you cannot rollout of the fall.  Break Falls use the hands or arms to slap the ground and good body positioning to dissipate the force of the fall.