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#434865 - 03/28/12 12:31 PM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: iaibear]
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Good going Leo!
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#434871 - 03/29/12 03:25 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Prizewriter]
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Thanks iaibear and Prizewriter. I'm looking forward to learning some new techniques now.

The belt promotion will actually be on Monday next week when there are more people in the class (usually most people come in on Monday and skip Wednesday).

Today we reviewed Tai-Otoshi, Osoto Gari and Ippon Seoinage, with a focus on getting the position of our hands correct in the Kuzushi. I also got better acquainted with Kosoto Gari, which I think will be very useful in future.
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#434884 - 04/01/12 02:22 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Leo_E_49]
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Today in class we covered movement (Tai Sabaki) which is much trickier than I'd imagined it would be. It's pretty hard to move without exposing yourself to Kuzushi. I learned to walk while pulling my opponent off balance and trying to position their feet in order to throw them.

I also had my first Randori which was a lot of fun. smile I managed to get in an Osoto Gari after pulling my opponent towards me so that my left foot was in line with his right foot and then reversing the motion quickly into the Tsukuri.

In a later round, he tried for an Uchi Mata but I stopped him by pushing against his hip with my hand and then I countered with a Kosoto Gari.
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#434885 - 04/01/12 06:14 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Leo_E_49]
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Good work Leo! Sounds like you're progressing well. Randori can be lots of fun and there are few sweeter feelings than catching someone with a throw in randori!
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#434893 - 04/03/12 03:25 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Prizewriter]
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Today we reviewed the white belt throws and learned a few escapes from Kesa Gatame. I also had a few grappling rounds where I had to escape from a pin in 30 seconds. It's surprisingly difficult, much more difficult than I expected. I pretty much exhausted myself without achieving anything in the 30 seconds.
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#434905 - 04/05/12 01:27 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Leo_E_49]
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Today we did a quick review of Tai Otoshi before starting on Randori. I managed to get a Tai Otoshi to work on one of my training partners but pretty much every other round I was thrown (mostly counter thrown). I think my weakness is in my Kuzushi which I wasn't really using well.

One problem I noticed is that when my opponent stiffens up his arms and sprawls his legs back, I don't really know what to do. I try pulling him down or to the side in an attempt to get an opening for a sweep or Seoinage but it doesn't really do much. Also, I know how to get my opponent to cross his legs when circling but because they're bent over towards me, I can't reach for a sweep.

My instructor says that having a rigid upper body and leaning forwards is bad form and will get you thrown, but so far it seems that the people who do this have the advantage. Any suggestions on how I can take advantage of their rigid upper body and their leaning forwards?
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#434962 - 04/10/12 01:18 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Leo_E_49]
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Today I taught the kids class doing demos of Osoto Gari and Tai Otoshi. I also helped with the kids during training to make sure their technique was good.

It's a lot harder to teach Judo than it looks. You can't have all the kids throwing at the same time like in TKD because they have to take turns on the crash mat. It reminded me of my black belt days teaching in TKD.
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#435034 - 04/12/12 01:33 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Leo_E_49]
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Today we learned some BJJ from a purple belt who's cross training in our Judo class. We covered the scissor sweep, cross choke and a couple of techniques for passing guard. It was a lot of fun, although I felt pretty awkward and out of my element doing it.

I later rolled with one of the Judo brown belts and got choked, pinned, etc. I really have no idea what I'm doing when I'm on the ground.
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#435079 - 04/16/12 02:31 PM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Leo_E_49]
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Really messes you up going on the ground for the first time, doesn't it? It does get easier. First few times I rolled on the ground I was reminded of a quote by Rigan Machado

When we go to the ground, you are in my world. The ground is the ocean, I am the shark, and most people don't even know how to swim

Funny and true at the same time.
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#435085 - 04/17/12 01:37 AM Re: Leo's Judo Journal [Re: Prizewriter]
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So true. I've also noticed that there is a difference between how Judo people approach grappling on the ground vs how BJJ people do it. Judo people seem to be in much more of a hurry and use more muscle and seem to be less concerned about technique on the ground. The goal seems to be the same, to get a dominant position but there's a real race to get there. Also, being in the guard in Judo is apparently not a good place to be.

Anyway, today I spent some time teaching the kids again, training break-falls and pins. It's tough to get them to pay attention but they seemed to be interested in the tips I gave them to make it easier to do the technique correctly. (For instance, in Kesa Gatame to Kuzure Kesa Gatame, making sure you keep your head down while moving your arm)

After teaching the kids, in the adults class, we covered some feints that we can try doing before some of the throws that we know to make our throws less predictable. This consisted mostly of pretending to go for another throw or pulling in the opposite direction before going for Kuzushi. I definitely found it easier to get the right Kuzushi when my training partner didn't expect it.


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