The same logical assumptions that are associated with a FALL, in
terms of reducing injury, also relate to DIVES. While a forward
STOMACH DIVE may require your arms to help disburse the weight of your
FALL, slapping if need be, most DIVES are followed by a ROLL. It is
the momentum of the DIVE and ROLL that disburses the weight throughout
the body upon impact, thus reducing shock and injury.
ROLLING is basically of two types: (1) It is a method used when
standing to avoid an attack whereby a ride and turn is necessary to
complete the maneuver. (2) It is also a revolving maneuver which uses
the ground to travel from one point to another. It is the continuous,
revolving flow of action that helps to cushion the impact of the body
when meeting the ground. This revolving maneuver may be used to avoid
an attack by creating distance, or used to strategically move into an
attack to close the distance as well increase the force of your
counter. In either case ROLLS revolve from a 180 degree radius to a
360 degree radius. It is a circular method of impacting the ground.
ROLLS have the same flexibility as other methods and can be employed
while simultaneously counterattacking. As already pointed out, you can
roll away from, or into, a situation where the roll uses a vertical
torquing action to increase body momentum. As a reminder, ROLLING can
be done in place, or when coordinated with FOOT MANEUVERS using the
ground to move you from one point to another. What has been stated,
however, is not to be confused with ROLLING CHECKS.
Falling, diving, and rolling are of several varieties. There are
back, front, and side falls.
In the case of dives there are shoulder,
head and shoulder (directed to the front), and the back head and chest
dive. Rolls can be directed to the front, side, or back using various
parts of the body to absorb and cradle your action. Close examination
will reveal that rolls are no more than a continuation of a dive.
Other foot and body maneuvers are necessary in guaranteeing the
results of falling and rolling. Step throughs, shuffles, crossovers,
jumps, flips, turning, riding, etc., may be necessary in prefixing or
suffixing a fall, dive, or roll to achieve its usefulness. These foot
and body maneuvers may be used in any combination deemed necessary to
serve the purpose. You may use such combinations as a front dive,
convert it into a flip, and conclude it with a roll. You may decide to
dive, convert it into a roll, then conclude your sequence with a side
fall. The combinations you choose should appropriately fit the

Ed Parker Sr. Memories
Archived with the permission of Ed Parker Jr.
Ed Parker Sr. was the founder of the art known today as American Kenpo.
In these files, Ed Parker Jr. shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.