Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sunday (22.4.18) Program

We experimented with the concept of personalized training within a group setting before in the past and we will revisit it again this Sunday.

There's a pretty big group coming for training and in such cases you will inevitably have a wide mix of experience levels. Some are absolute beginners, some are mid-level, and some are experienced. It's always a challenge conducting a training session when you have such a mixed group of experience levels. But to every challenge, there is a solution.

This is how we are going to do it. The group will all work on one particular technique at first. In this case, it will be ippon-seoi-nage for tachi-waza and kesa-gatame for newaza. Everyone will work on this. Once they are done with this, each pair of training partners will then be instructed to work on specific, personalized techniques based on their body type, size, weight etc.

Tachi-Waza: Ippon-Seoi-Nage

Ippon-Seoi-Nage is commonly referred to as the "shoulder throw" although that's an incorrect translation of the Japanese term. "Seoi" means "back carry". "Ippon" means "one" or "singular". So Ippon-Seoi-Nage could probably be accurately translated as single-handed back-carry throw (as opposed to morote-seoi-nage which means two-handed back-carry throw).

There are a lot of things wrong with the way ippon-seoi-nage is normally taught, including the gripping, the stance and even the execution. How standing ippon-seoi-nage is done in competition is completely different from how it is taught in the textbook. I will demonstrate the textbook version, point out the flaws and show how it is really done in randori and competition. Basically, the standard has been set by Koga when it comes to ippon-seoi-nage.

Newaza: Kesa-Gatame Escapes

Kesa-Gatame is the most basic of hold-downs and is usually the first pin taught to beginners. What is less commonly taught are the escapes for it. One ways is to catch uke's legs (this only works if uke is slow). Another way is to squirm inwards towards uke (this works if uke's grip around the neck is loose). The third way is to bridge and roll uke over (this requires a tremendous amount of energy).

None of these escape techniques is easy to pull off and if you focus just on one, it's nearly impossible but if you try a mix of the three while attempting to escape, you might just pull it off because it's hard for uke to ward off all three at once. We will work on that.

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