> Fall like a rope is a very good and common way to describe a safe way to fall.
> Bones don't compress like springs.
Bones don't bend like a rope either. These descriptions relate primarily to the
soft tissues surrounding the bones that give them the "quality" of being
flexible or pliable.
The reason I shun the rope analogy is that it gives a connotation that falls
are passive. I believe controlled falls are relatively active, with the
faller/fallee actively trying to "match" the impact energy to dissipate
its effects in the least harmful way. Cat-like.
> >Also, if one practices so that the line between keeping from falling and
> >having to
> >fall is a continuity then one's falls would be softer. It's when one's body
> >flexible/strong enough to blur that line that one takes splatters.
> Is this clear to anyone, but the person that wrote it?
Being able to control one's balance around the fall-over point allows one to
take the fall gracefully/softly rather than as a hard plop, because one then
has time to readjust the body for the impact. It's one taking a fall rather
than having the fall thrust upon one.
> So is skydiving not a fall or unintentional?
I believe the falls under discussion were primarily the ones related to
along-surface activities. Sky-diving, ski-jumping, water-diving, etc.,
are hence not covered, although the landing portion for the first
two is substantially along-surface. Does anyone consider the entry into
water the "fall" under discussion even though the height loss is certainly
There's a distinction between falls one can break verses those that one
can't do much above. There just isn't much one can do when falling twenty
stories from a building (without a chute, which probably wouldn't
> Or vice versa. Sliding upside down and backwards on a open slope is no big
> deal. On the other hand, sliding toward the boards at speed head first might
> just tweak one's ability to relax.
You have a point. Which means there is really no substantial differences in
falls one can "break," making the surrounding circumstance rather than the
activity the determining factor of how the break is handled.