Published On: Wed, Jul 26th, 2017

Sideways fall or Yoko Ukemi Technique

Sideways fall or Yoko Ukemi Technique

Yoko Ukemi Technique

Teaching a student how to properly fall and not get hurt is really important, unfortunately, is not in the curriculum in many Martial Arts schools. But sooner or later someone will fall and get hurt… what do we do?

How to practice yoko ukemi (side break fall), starting from a seated position and working up to a standing position.

This is how I was taught to do the Yoko Ukemi and how it seems safer to me.

This last video represents a non-convincing form to fall because his arms are on the side and not protecting vital parts like the face and middle section. His legs remain straight and if you are on the ground you can get kicked in the groin.

Here learn more related techniques such as Brazilian Jiu JitsuĀ 

About the Author


Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts styles such as Kenpo Karate, Japanese Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga… He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, he was also a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.