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05-02-2009, 10:44 PM
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From taking falls in judo, karate, wrestling, it's always a bad bad idea to lead into the floor/wall with your head (especially) or limb. Risk of making something bend at and angle it shouldn't, or bend at a place it shouldn't.

Use your side or side-back of your body, shoulders to hip, to spread the impact over a wider area. Try tucking your chin down and head away from the wall to avoid ringing your bell, helmet or not.

You have the advantage of wearing pads on both shoulders and hips, so use all that equipment you spent hundreds of dollars on. Trust your equipment.

You have elbow pads, but if you come in too fast and try to put all the impact in your elbow, you will risk hurting your shoulder. Better to keep your elbows tucked into your body.

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