Friday, October 10, 2008

What should our Judo yellow belts know?

By the time you (adult judo students) get your yellow belt (first rank beyond white) at Mokuren Dojo, you should know the following…
  • 4-5 standing techniques (throws) from the first kyo of the gokyonowaza - probably mostly small ashiwaza.  Deashibarai almost certainly has to be one of these.
  • Ukemi skills  sufficient to practice the above safely
  • 1-2 holds or control positions (including ukigatame) and how to transition from standing techniques through ukigatame into newaza
  • 1-2 productive escape actions for each hold
  • 2-3 techniques (chokes, armbars) that can be done from that control position
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 and a compliant partner.
Most students take 25-30 mat 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.
At least 1/3 to 1/2 of those mat hours should have been spent in randori, or free play.

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