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Renrakuwaza - Combinations And Integrated Attack Systems

Far too often, we teach a single set of techniques, when what we should be teaching (or if you’re a competitor, training in) is a set of combinations that all stem from a single technique. The single technique that is used as a base technique is always one of the main, power throws of Judo. Throws such as Osotogari, Uchimata, Taiotoshi, are all very suitable candidates for this type of training.

Transitional Newaza

Ran across a wonderful set of linked techniques in a seminar by the Sensei Kazuo Shinohara from the Kodokan… We were playing around with this in training, and I thought I’d pass it along.

Osoto Gari - What We Teach Doesn't Work...

I’m sure that those familiar with my website have read my article: Classical Osoto Gari Doesn’t Work! And yet, I’m constantly amazed at those who don’t understand the simple concept.

Feet - The Most Fascinating Object In Judo...

Feet, more correctly, your opponent’s feet, are apparently the most fascinating objects in all of Judo.  During every practice, I can look around at Judoka doing randori, and they are all, almost to a man, looking down at their opponent’s feet.

What is the fascination with feet?  Do we wonder if our opponent has properly clipped his toenails - prior to being attacked with De Ashi Barai?  Do we suspect that our opponent might be going somewhere - and we need to watch his feet to make that determination?

Dirty Belts... The Myth...The Facts!

While recently browsing Technorati, I ran across this little gem:

Do You Want To Improve Your Tai Otoshi? Do It The WRONG Way!!

One of the best ways to quickly improve your Tai Otoshi is to start doing it against the wrong leg. If you’re doing a right-sided Tai Otoshi, your right leg is normally blocking uke’s right leg… Don’t do it… start blocking uke’s left leg instead!

Training Order In Judo - A Suggestion To Try...

In most dojos I’ve trained at, the normal protocol is something like this:

  • Warmup Exercises
  • Ukemi Practice
  • Uchikomi
  • Randori
  • Newaza

And although specific times naturally vary from club to club, it’s randori that will get 70% of the class time, and newaza often gets just 10-30%.

Is there a way to get more practice, and better practice, in the same amount of time?  I’d like to suggest a slightly different routine…

Randori & Shiai - The Twins That Aren't...

Many people practice their randori in a manner that can only be differentiated from shiai by the lack of a referee.  And I must confess, for many years I did the same thing.  But is this the best way to improve your Judo skills?

The only way to improve a given skill is to actually do a given skill - the more frequently you do it, the better you will be able to perform it.  For just like driving, you want your Judo to be instinctive and automatic.

Tachi-Waza Ma-ai - The Four Competition Ranges

Japanese martial arts have traditionally studied the distance between opponents, (ma-ai); while locked in combat. Indeed, using swords, the difference between life and death was no more than an inch.  So ma-ai became a topic of intense interest to those who wanted to survive.

Although it’s not quite the life and death struggle that it has been in the past, Judo too, has ma-ai.  In Tachiwaza, there are four stages of distancing that you must be familiar with, and able to defend against or offensively use.

Do You Love A Turtle?

I usually go into spasms of delight when I see my opponent ‘turtle up’ on the ground.  While this can be a score saving ‘trick’ in shiai, it usually means only a quick defeat in the dojo.

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