ahh I remember the saying now. "nana karobi ya oki" (sorry for crappy spelling that may not be right) my step-dad used to say it alot. but he'd say it like "seven times down, eight times up" I didn't know till years later it had to do with falling. I always just assumed it meant screw 7! 8 is better!
Even though you only have two arms you can still block with your forearms.