By the time you (adult judo students) get your yellow belt (first rank beyond white) at Mokuren Dojo, you should know the following…
- deashibarai, kosotogari, osotogari, hizaguruma, and ukigoshi
- basic ground mobility (shrimp, bridge, forward and backward roll, positional transitions) and groundwork strategy (2 hands on a point, shrimp-bridge, elbows&knees in, etc…)
- throwing into ukigatame and moving from ukigatame into kesa or mune
- kesagatame and 4 escapes: leg entanglement, sit-up, uphill, and bridge&roll.
- munegatame and 2 escapes: bridge&roll and shrimp-to-guard
- how to practice tachi and newaza randori safely
When I say you should “know” this material, I don’t mean that you have to be the ultimate master at all of it, but you should be able to at least mimic the motions of about 80% of it (4/5 techniques) with coaching. Most students take about 30 practice hours to get to a sufficient level of proficiency at this material so that they are able to play with it without feeling embarrassed about their performance, but remember, a few extra hours practice is not something to be ashamed of and a few less hours of practice is not something to be proud of.