Since I consider myself to be in a constant-learning mode as to how to teach the kids' judo classes, I think I'm going to be trying something new with their ashiwaza starting this month.
It is just too darn difficult to teach a diverse group of kids to do footsweeps. Let me rephrase that - they can do the footsweeps but they can't call their shots, as in telling them, "do osotogari," and having them actually do osotogari. Half of them will be doing kouchi or ouchi or something, and I'm just plain tired of telling them, "No, do it with this leg, this way," when what they are doing is making the guy fall down anyway.
Here's what I think I'll try. I am going to stop teaching these throws in the kids class:
...and I will replace that set of throws with a motion program that goes something like this:
- push uke
- grab either of his ankles with the bottom of either of your feet however you can
- push/pull the foot out from under him with your leg
- push/pull uke into the hole with your arms
I think I can approximate those five throws with this one program, and let the kids develop whichever specific throws work for them in randori. If this works like it seems it might, It could leave us with a lot of free time. We might have to break out one or two of these throws:
- kubinage (A.K.A. pancake)
- taiotoshi as a response to when the above push-sweep-pull program doesn't work
- legpick & sprawl or snapdown defense