Sunday, January 04, 2009

Lesson plans, week of 1/5/2009

Kid's Judo:
  • newaza randori starting seated back-to-back
  • standing randori
  • bridge&roll escape from munegatame
  • uphill escape from kesagatame
Adult Judo:
  • bumping a stuck deashibarai
  • tsubamegaeshi
  • reviewing the escapes from mune and kesa then playing them in lo-resistance flow
  • standing randori
  • how to relax and release
  • aigamaeate, hikitaoshi, kotegaeshi, maeotoshi
  • coolness from ichikata
On the blog:


  1. the move that is assumed in karate kata

    This intrigues me. I'm looking forward to the post.

  2. Ha! Glad that teaser served its purpose. Now I just hope I don't disappoint. I don't think I will. That post should be coming up early in the week.

  3. Looking at your lesson plan (newaza starting back to back) - it reminded me of an aspect of Judo newaza I have always found odd... We often start on our knees or back to back, but... when do we encounter situations like that, really? (I am coming up with some amusing self-defense scenarios that involve me suddenly attacking a person I was just using as lumbar support, but I digress). That is a nice thing about BJJ or wrestling... BJJ guys usually start in the guard, and wrestlers start on all fours... Common ways that throws end. I think we could take a lesson there and abandon our kneeling and back to back starts, and start instead from other starting positions, including the ones mentioned above as well as others (including starting out from a pin). Whaddya think?

  4. Great point, Chad. You know, honestly that is one of thiose things that I've just always done just because that's how it's done.

    we typically start randori kneeling facing the partner or maybe seated facing the partner. Sometimes if we're brave or want to practice working our way out of the ditch we'll start on our backs having allowed the partner to cinch a side position.

    But seated back-to-back is just one of those don'tknow why but if I had to venture a guess as to the only possible benefit to starting this way - it is really the only truely neutral position. in any of the other starting positions it is very hard to keep the superior player from perhaps even unconsciously setting the engagement to their advantage. Starting seated back to back noone has the advaantage and noone really can have the advantage.

    Of course, that's all out the window as soon as the match starts because most experienced players, on hearing hajime, will disengage as they turn to face so that they really start the engagement kneeling facing.

    In our kids' class we do a lot of crawling man, which is essentially randori with one partner starting in a turtle position. this is sort of like the wrestler's 'referree's position'

  5. I say let them have an advantage... Just make sure that each person gets the chance to have the same advantage... In addition to training more realistic situations, you also get the advantage of the better guy having to practice digging out of a hole, which they don't always get to do from neutral positions. This helps train them from when they are no longer the big fish. And it gives the smaller fish the opportunity to practice what happens if they find themselves in a good situation... The more I type, the less I like neutral... Now I want to convince everyone else. =:>

  6. Yeah, neutral is a sporting idea - i never said it was a really good martial concept.

    I don't figure starting back to back does a lot of daamage or makes much difference. Do it or don't. It's just one of several starting positions that we alternate mostly for interest value.


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