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Absorbing Hits And Falling Down

I spent almost six years training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing at at martial arts academy that taught everyone the fundamental techniques in self-defense. You may be surprised to find out that most introductory self-defense classes start with the lesson on how to fall down. The reason for that is simple: It is very difficult to defend yourself if an assailant pushes you over and you crack your head on the concrete. You’ll be disoriented, in pain, and unable to focus on the beat down you are about to experience. That is why learning to fall down is a valuable skill, especially for sports officials.

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I follow very few hard and fast rules when I officiate. I prefer to maintain a high level of adaptability and flexibility so I can appropriately handle whatever situation comes my way. One of the hard rules I follow is that I do not respond to statements from coaches.

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