Reverse Roll

How to do a Reverse Roll in the Martial Arts

Designed for falling backward and/or broadening the distance between oneself and an attacker.

Lift the lead leg forward and sit straight down onto the heel of your rear leg

Lower your head arching your back, eyes focused in front of you.

Allow the momentum of your body to carry you into the roll.

Keep the head to one side as both legs go over the opposite shoulder.

Keep the feet tucked during the roll coming up into a defensive position.


  • Trip on something going back
  • Pickup objects while rolling back
  • When being pushed back onto ground
  • Roll up onto objects such as a table
  • Distract opponent in eyes (Finger strike or thrown contents into face) – go into reverse roll at an angle forward to the rear of opponent for an attack.

If you haven’t done so already, please read Rick Tew’s Intro to Martial Art Martial Art Rolls and Falls by following the link below:

Martial Art Rolls and Falls

by Rick Tew

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Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.

Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.

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