Definition of break-fall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrākˌfôl/


(In martial arts) a controlled fall in which most of the impact is absorbed by the arms or legs.
Example sentences
  • In a classification of ju-jitsu movements the exercises and the break-falls are included.
  • After some 18 months of training, I was on the wrong end of some karate take downs, but judo break-falls saved me from any serious injury.
  • When we'd finished, he could do a break-fall running at full pace and he could fall properly when I threw him.

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