Making the right face shouldn't be underestimated. You can use your tongue to stabilise and lower facial centre of gravity in the air, but put it away before you land, and don't use it for rock gardens.You forgot "use your face"
My feet are the same position on cleats and flats. I run my SPD cleats in the centre of the slot, it puts the centre of the cleat bolt a few mm behind the ball of my foot.You can see where my feet go on the pedals from the pin gouges. It doesn't really fit in with the foot forward trend being spruiked.
Ryan Leech had a good series of videos/drills for moving to flats. I followed his guide when I moved to flats a couple of years back and found it very helpful. Not sure if it is still available but worth looking at.Can anyone recommend any good YouTube videos or sites that cover good flat pedal technique? A quick search on YouTube hasn’t given me much.
2) isn't always going to work out well...I came up short hopping onto a retaining wall a long time ago. After a few hours at the hospital I left with 24 stitches.1) Just grab some shin pads and wear them for a bit until you get comfortable. Colony BMX makes cheap bike specific ones you can pick up at 99 bikes or online.
2) If you're gonna miss or lose a pedal, miss the back one. If you miss the back one, the cranks have to turn the drivetrain and will glide into the back of your calf with resistance. If you miss the front one, it will slam into your shin at warp speed with no resistance.
I'm finding the IXS knee pads are pretty amazing comfort wise, and putting them with my old school CTR shin pads is a super comfy combo, rode 20km in them the other week. Closest thing seems to be the Lizard Skins and I agree with the description "Old School Neoprene guards are the most comfortable protective gear you will ever wear."They are comfortable enough but the knee socks can bunch up a little. I don't really do long pedals...so I'm not the one to ask about comfort for that sort of thing.