The floppy movements -- the lack of crispness -- the total absence of any sense of range or timing --
You know, I've been on this site for about five years now -- not as long as some, but still, it's half a decade. In those five years, I have seen bad karate. I have seen terrible karate. I have seen godawfully horrific karate -- kyoshu jitsu, Dillman, video game bad guy kata, wheelchair forms, and more. And yet I don't think I have ever seen anything so physically incompetent. Give me Dillman, give me the video game bad guys, give me the Achy Brakey Aikido crew, Elmore, Ashida Kim -- I think I'd put my money on just about anyone against these WMAA karate guys in a fight.
They sure do like applauding each other, though. I guess at least they're a friendly bunch?
that fat pathetic old guy apparently has quite the bio: http://www.wmaa.com/About_Us.php
"One of his recent exploits is rather amazing. He went on an expedition to Antarctica, the coldest, windiest continent on earth. There, he walked out on a glacier just in uniform in frigid temperatures and freezing wind and demonstrated his form on camera. He is presently a 9th degree black belt and Headmaster of the World Martial Arts Association with 100’s of schools in the United States."
that being the laughable vid from earlier of course
*I saw a video years back of a breakfalls kata on a wooden floor that looked to be borderline nonsurvivable. I was, and am, impressed.
Like others have said, falling off mats is a little different. Bony parts of the body that we might forget to protect include the ankle, top of the pelvis (iliac crest?) and collarbone. Removing these "speed bumps" in a fall is something I've been interested in.
At the risk of continuing to out myself as an Ellis Amdur fan-boy, I like how his Ukemi from the Ground Up DVD dealt with this. It's worth the price of admission. It includes "how to", rationale and training drills. link
The systema guys seem to also pay a lot of attention to falling on hardwood. I still like this clip (link). Even the music grew on me!
Another one I like is Kevin Secours' clips (link) (although all I've seen is his youtube stuff). The application of a back shoulder roll could be debated, but the training helps with front rolls too.
Regarding the falling kata/set on a hardwood floor. I'm sure I've seen the Vee arnis jitsu guys doing one but I can't find an example now.
When I'm teaching people to roll I try to encourage them to "ooze" through when they're learning it from sitting, to get rid of the ballistic element. I'm sure a few people got sick of me saying to be slimey, must think of a new way of saying it.
tl;dr: here are some other examples of what I think is good hardwood floor ukemi
Watch this 7th Dan give those deadly boards hell!
Seriously what are those things made of? balsa wood glued together?
One thing that really puzzles me , esp when watching the poor form guys, is HOW can the 7th dan etc etc kicks/punches be soooo poor?? Surely after a certain length of time they would at least develope some accidental crispness or something?? But its like watching first day beginners. How can everyone else applaude the board breaking guy just above?? His technique was just horrible in so many ways!! and hes a fucking 7th dan!!