Part of being able to fight is being able to adjust to the multitude
of events that can occur during a fight. One of these things
is the possibility that you will lose balance, slip, are knocked or thrown
to the ground, etc. If you fall improperly you may be badly injured
or incapacitated by the fall. One of your goals in a fight is to
cause your opponent to fall incorrectly, on his head or tail bone for example.
In so doing he may be unable to regain his feet, or if he falls on an elbow
he may break or dislocate a bone in the shoulder area.
Falling techniques are not within the scope of this web site, but if
you are untrained in falling skills you should think about learning some
of the falling skills of judo, jiu jitsu, tumbling, gymnastics, football,
etc. However, there is a great difference between falling on a gymnasium
mat or on the ground and falling on a hard uneven surface as is likely
to occur in a street fight. But for now, why not spend a few moments thinking of, and
practicing, ways to fall reflexively
which will be less damaging to you?
If you do fall to the ground and are not practiced in techniques of grappling,
or are fighting more than one person, try to get back to your feet as quickly
as possible without offering your back to the opponent. If this isn´t
possible, it is often a good idea to never stop moving. If you can´t
get up and can´t roll, pivot on your hips and shoulders so that you
can face your opponent and block his attempts to get close with your feet.
You are far from helpless when on your back when you can use specific techniques
of fighting such as those "grappling skills" which I plan to discuss later
on this site.