- Fall Aiki Buddies Gathering - Starkville. (November 14-15)
- Winter Clinic @ Windsong (Matl, Lowry, Rea, Bieler, Parker) - Dec 27-30
This is interesting. The Go no kata (forms of strength) is one of the "lost" kata of judo. Gonokata was aparently practiced in the pre-war Kodokan school, but was not taught post-war and died out along iwth the pre-war students and instructors. There has been no small amount of talk in the last few years about reviving this kata, either by finding a surviving person who learned it before WWII or by reconstructing it from written accounts. I don't know which of these this demonstration represents, but on first viewing it appears to be a pretty good one for two reasons:
- It has a similar spirit to junokata, for which it was supposed to be a complementary partner-kata.
- ROM, ukemi (Rick overcame a major fear and did several of the turn-back tolls successfully)
- tegatana with emphasis on leading with the center and keeping a feeling of being drawn upward into proper natural posture. The contrast between these two revealed a place on the turning steps where I am settling onto my back heel, almost into a wrestling-feeling posture.
- hanasu 1-8 with emphasis on moving at ma-ai, putting hands up, and either brushing off or synchronizing or getting an offbalance
- we spent a lot of time on evasions R1 and YK2
- YK2→(maeotoshi or sumiotoshi) depending on whether you float with him onto his near or far foot. This was that super-cool, amazing sumiotoshi.
For instance, grappling, whether you call it judo, jiu-jitsu, ssireum, Greco-Roman, freestyle, or whatever, is still the same thing. It is grappling; contestants mostly in close physical contact with each other, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, lifting, walking, and rolling. What changes between different styles are the rulesets, or the constraints under which these six-or-so physical feats are done.
I think it is very beneficial to students for the instructor to change rulesets and conditions often in practice. Instead of spending your entire judo career working under the USJF ruleset, play jui-jitsu, push-hands, sombo, Cornish and other rulesets - not just occasionally - often. Play with jackets and without, play with belts and without. Standing, kneeling, supine, prone. Blindfolded, with an arm tied behind you, etc...
This helps develop mental flexibility (the prime attribute of judo) and the ability to rapidly figure out how to push, pull, bend, twist, lift, walk, and roll under whatever set of constraints are at hand, while working toward varying goals.
- The rules are designed to promote a type of fighting that is interesting to the observers. These rulesets award aggression
- Sun Tzu said, "Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the Attack." He recognized years ago that this is just the way things are. This is reflected at times throughout history, from Gretzky saying, "you will miss 100% of all shots you don't take," to Neitzsche writing about the Will to Power.
- Tegatana while holding a full cup of water. We played this exercise twice, the second time faster, and I sloshed a little water on the second rep on some of the arm motions. That might indicate that my arms were doing something independent of my body, because my COM motions seem to be pretty well under control. I'll have to play that exercise a few more times and figure out what to think about that.
- Releases without incident.
- All of Nijusan with Patrick M. as tori and me as uke. He did great. I asked him what he thought were his strengths and weaknesses in aikido and he said that his faithful daily practice was his strength and the floating throws at the end of Nijusan were his weakness. Sure enough, he seemed more confident with everything before the floating throws, but that is to be expected because the floating throws are his current rank-level material. We probably ought to work on hikiotoshi some more, perhaps getting some other instructors' perspectives on how he can make that thing happen with one arm. But I thought it was all good despite the slight deficiency on floating throws. I thought that his oshitaoshi, hikitaoshi, and wakigatame were especially good. He has gotten good at finding the time to drive uke straight into the ground on those three. I thought he might also need some more work on kotehineri...
- The whole class worked on oshitaoshi, kotehineri, and kotegaeshi
- For the cool techniques of the night we worked on #9 and #10 of Ichikata, kotemawashi and kotegaeshi.
- Vincent called for more practice on the kaitennage that we practiced a week or so ago, as well as a tenkai kotehineri from a wristgrab. Both techniques that are found in his police training.
...grappling is an intimate sport. It's not like standing back and hitting or kicking ...the tradition there is just so strong that getting second feels like failing...it may be an over-emphasis on the sport/winning aspect. Look At Dan Gable now. He's broken. Winning is fine, but is it everything? Are we going to gaze at our trophies from our wheelchairs?
Kate was every bit as hard-willed as one would expect a parent of Dan Cable to be...
"It was so hard on her," Gable says now... "She'd go stand outside the room when I wrestled, just go outside in the foyer. She'd come back to the door every now and then to look through the glass, but she couldn't stay in the gym.
Gable pauses, "This sport, it's a heart-wrenching sport...I'll be at the State Tournament this month, and I'll guarantee I'll choke up. I'll feel so good for the guy who is winning the championship - he earned it, it's finally there. But then you look over at the wrestler he just beat to win it, and that guy is crushed. And I just choke up for that guy. It's personal.
- ROM, ukemi, tegatanaX2, hanasu #1-4 in detail with variations and emphasis on ping and brushoff.
- shomenate and variants, including 2-hands to the face (inside control) or the wrong-handed shomenate brushoff from gokata.
- dropping onto uke's front leg and hiding the head. Discussed not living here, but using the level change to stay safe and look for an out. Try thinking about this technique as dropping into a sprinter's start.
- ran through all of nijusan with Patrick M. once
- ROM, ukemi, tegatana, hanasu
- shomenate, aigamaeate, gyakugamaeate - plenty of reps of each
- oshitaoshi, hikitaoshi, wakigatame - all paying particular attention to the pins on the end.
- Cool thing of the night: ryotedori countered by gyakugamaeate (nikata technique #2)
"No American woman has won an Olympic judo medal. Ronda Rousey may be ready to change that...
Rousey...needed less than three minutes to put away three outmatched players and win the U.S. women's Olympic middleweight (154 1-3 pounds) judo trials Friday.
Rousey, from Santa Monica, Calif., is the daughter of Ann-Maria DeMars, the only U.S. woman to win a world judo title. Her daughter's silver last year was America's first women's world judo medal since 1995.
- the ability to hurt you
- the opportunity to hurt you
- the intent to hurt you
In moments of crisis the disciplined human mind works as a thing detached, refusing to be hurried or flustered by outward circumstance. Time and its artificial divisions it does not acknowledge. It is concerned with preposterous details and with the ludicrous, and it is acutely solicitous of other people's welfare, whilst working at a speed mere electricity could never attain. “Crab Pots” from A Tall Ship by Sir Lewis Anselm da Costa Ritchie
- groundwork mobility cycle X2 as warmup
- hizaguruma from the deashi bump
- newaza randori. I got Rob twice in various positional things and he ran me to a draw the third time. Good sweaty exertional judo.
- drilled legs-over escape from jujigatame. Rob brought up the point that omoplata might be a threat if you do legs-over from there. In judo you don't have to worry about that but it is something to think about.
- switched to aiki for a cooldown. repped owaza #1-4 many times into a crashpad and then did a handful of reps of owaza 5-10.
- ROM, Ukemi
- tegatana with emphasis on concervative steps and upright posture.
- hanasu - releases #1 and #2
- evasion drills and aiki brush-off
- standing kokyudosa-like randori
- cool technique of the night - wakigatame starting from the inside like in shomenate. We even played this with a knife in uke's free hand and it works even better. cool.
- footsweep to control moving into the deashi bump
- worked on deashi, kosoto, taiotoshi, and seoinage from the deashi bump. We did the seoinage as a hipthrow to illustrate the point in a simple way, but really it is classified as a hand throw.
- deashi into ukigatame
- ukigatame through half nelson into munegatame
This book makes an excellent reference, particularly after you get significantly far along in the fundamental material like Junnahon Kata (or Nijusanhon Kata) and Owaza Jupon. I refer to her book before almost every class as a reference for the "cool technique of the night." If you would like to purchase a copy of Dr. Lee's book, please check out my Amazon bookstore:
- ROM and ukemi with emphasis on turn-side rolls and turn-back rolls
- tegatana with emphasis on how shorter steps help conserve your energy and momentum and help you to stay in synch with uke.
- hanasu #1 and #3 with emphasis on starting to evade before uke has grabbed and putting both hands up between you and uke in the center like a cowcatcher or a snowblade.
- R1 and R3 as viable responses to a wrist grab, a straight lead, a grab-cross, or grab-hook
- R1→oshitaoshi→tenkai oshitaoshi→aigamaeate
- kaitennage - the push-the-head-through-the-armpit version
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- warmup with some light-movement randori with Rob
- footsweep to control drill with the idea of how do you make a reluctant or careful opponent attack so that it is easier for you to counter
- deashi as a response to stiffarming
- hizaguruma as a follow-up to deashi
- groundwork mobility drill with emphasis on positional asphyxia in kesa, mune, ushiro kesa, and tate
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