What are breakfalls, why are they relevant to Stunt & Action actors, and what should you know before you have a go? Lets find out...
IMPORTANT: The information below is not an instructional guide and you should never attempt a to perform a breakfall without proper instruction and guidance.
Breakfalls are a type of technique used in martial arts, parkour, gymnastics, and other physical activities to minimize injury when falling from a height or being thrown to the ground.
The goal of a breakfall is to absorb the impact of the fall, spread the force throughout the body, and redirect it away from vulnerable areas, such as the head, neck, and spine.
In Stunt Performance and Action Acting this also enables us to simulate serious impacts and injuries, without taking harm.
Types of Breakfalls
There are several types of breakfalls that stunt people should be familiar with, including:
Forward Roll Breakfall
A forward roll breakfall involves rolling forward while falling to the ground. This technique is often used when falling from a standing position or when thrown forward. The forward roll breakfall is an effective way to disperse the force of the fall throughout the body and prevent injury.
To perform a forward roll breakfall:
Backward Roll Breakfall
A backward roll breakfall is similar to the forward roll breakfall, but instead of rolling forward, you roll backward. This technique is often used when falling backward or when thrown over the shoulder.
To perform a backward roll breakfall:
Side Roll Breakfall
A side roll breakfall involves rolling to the side while falling to the ground. This technique is often used when falling to the side or when thrown sideways.
To perform a side roll breakfall:
High Fall Breakfall
A high fall breakfall is used when falling from a height. This technique involves tucking your body into a ball and rolling when you hit the ground.
To perform a high fall breakfall:
Some advice before attempting to perform Breakfalls
When performing breakfalls, it is essential to follow these safety tips to prevent injury:
To perform a breakfall:
Breakfalls are a critical skill for stunt people, martial artists, and other athletes to minimize injury when falling from a height or being thrown to the ground. By learning and practicing different types of breakfalls, you can protect yourself from injury and improve your overall safety and performance. Remember to always warm up, choose a safe location, and practice with
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team