Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sunday Nite's Program (22.10.17)

Prior to this, we have just been training a mishmash of popular techniques. Starting today we will start going through the syllabus that I've created to teach the players all the most important techniques in judo, standing and newaza. For today, I hope to cover three standing and four newaza techniques.

As always, we will start with newaza. Today, we're going to go through the absolute basics, the first four foundational pins in judo: Kesa-Gatame, Yoko-Shiho-Gatame, Tate-Shiho-Gatame and Kami-Shiho-Gatame.

We'll have tori hold down uke and do drills with uke fully-resisting the technique and trying to escape. I'll also teach one roll into a hold-down and some tactics and strategies how to avoid being caught in a pin. Prevention is better than cure. Once caught in a hold-down it's very difficult to escape.

For standing, we will revise Ippon-Seoi-Nage which the players are already somewhat familiar with. New techniques I will introduce to them today are De-Ashi-Barai and Ouchi-Gari. Each has its challenges.

De-Ashi-Barai is a "finesse" technique that requires good timing to pull off. In that sense it's one of the hardest techniques to teach. You can teach the mechanics of a technique easily but can you teach timing? I guess only to a certain extent. You can teach how to set up uke so that they would be in a vulnerable position and that is when you strike. But it's easier said than done. I guess the only way to master it is to understand the theory and to try it over and over again until you get the feel of it.

The counter to De-Ashi-Barai is called Tsubame-Gaeshi and it's just as subtle and very much a "finesse" technique as well. Timing is crucial and like I said, this is something that's hard to teach. We could do some drills that will help though.

Ouchi-Gari is a much less subtle ashiwaza but it's one that can be easily countered (unlike De-Ashi-Barai, which is a pretty safe technique). Many beginners come in carelessly or less than fully committed and end up being countered with Ouchi-Gaeshi. Timing is less of an issue here compared to De-Ashi-Barai. Proper entry and correct use of the hands is crucial to its success, as is full commitment to the throw.

 Although it's an ashiwaza, which people tend to think of as "light" techniques, Ouchi-Gari is one of the heavier ashiwaza, like uchimata, where the fall is quite hard. Quite often, you end up landing on uke too, to ensure that it's an ippon. Unlike De-Ashi-Barai, we will use crash pads for this because I want the players to throw with full commitment.

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