Glossary of Judo terminology
Ukemi (Break fall)
Ukemi (Break fall) techniques are used to soften the landing impact after being thrown. There are three fall breaking techniques: the back break fall, the side break fall, and the forward roll break fall. The back break fall protects the back of the head, the hips, and the back from the fall's impact, and the side and forward break falls protect the shoulders and chest, etc. The fall breaking techniques depend on a balanced use of the arms and legs to disperse the impact. Newcomers to Judo begin to learn the Waza only after mastering the fall breaking techniques. This eliminates their fear of being thrown and enables them to master the Waza.