Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How NOT to escape a hold-down

This is a little notice to some of my students who have, perhaps, been watching rasslin' and applying those lessons to their performance in judo. Pay attention:
When someone is holding you down, it is not enough to bridge your butt off the mat or lift one shoulder clear of the mat - you're still stuck under the guy so you are still held down. You can't just sit there under the guy yelling at the referee, "My back's off the mat! I'm on my side!" You have to get out from under him - better yet, turn him over and get on top of him! Make it obvious for the referee that you are not being held down.
Pay attention to the positional escapes that I'm teaching you and practice them until you can easily find the escape for any hold-down!


  1. Are you sure, Pat? I think as long as you lift your shoulder before the ref gets to the 25 count on the mat, you are good. =:>

  2. By the way, did you hear about the elimination of Koka? So holds now have to go to 15 seconds for a score (Yuko), and the first penalty is just a warning - a yuko is awarded for the second one.

  3. Not that I'm overly concerned with the ridiculous IJF rules, but per IJF rules Section 26 regarding osaekomi:

    "26. Osaekomi-waza
    The Referee shall announce Osaekomi when in his opinion the applied technique corresponds with the following criteria:

    (a) The contestant being held must be controlled by his opponent and must have his back, both shoulders or one shoulder in contact with the Tatami.
    In situations where the back of the contestant being held is no longer in contact with the Tatami, (e.g. "bridging"), but the contestant applying the hold maintains control, the Osaekomi shall continue.

    for the full text, check out:

    I'd heard about the elimination of koka. I say good riddance. It makes the scoring easier - sort of a "good-better-best" scoring instead of a vague, "sorta-good-better-best" system

  4. I was joking about the 25 count thing... I was picturing the refs in their nice suits jumping to the mat and counting out 25 like the pro wrestling refs do... Maybe my joke was just funny in my head... =:> I agree about koka, by the way. I say get rid of Waza ari, too...

  5. I'm not a judoka, but I am admirer of budo. Is there any group that embraces "classical judo"?

  6. Rick: The group that I am part of does some classical judo as an adjunct to our jiu-jitsu. We emphasize judo for personal and social development and self-defence, with competition more of a minor adjunct.

    The shift in emphasis in mainstream judo towards competition and sports has many roots, including the founder's wish to create a form of "national exercise" suitable for teaching in schools throughout Japan -- better restrict the deadly blows and neck-breaks -- the effect of the loss of WWII, and it's inclusion as an Olympic Sport.

  7. Rick, there are classical judo practices out there. I'll be posting an article on that topic next week - hang out and look for it.


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