Friday, June 25, 2010

June 2010 Starkville Judo Seminar

t-minus 9 hours and counting till we kick off our Judo seminar in Starkville.  Here is a brief overview of the material we'll be working on.
Tonight we'll make a whirlwind tour of the tachiwaza through about nikyu or ikkyu.  This time we won't be beating details of any single throw to death, but I'll be trying to emphasize two ideas:
  • Since judo is supposed to be a soft art, maybe we can actually practice it softly!  Judo nagekomi does not necessarily have to be practiced by trading spine-breaking ippons one after another. Sometimes this idea can be a stretch for the minds of poor judo animals - especially at a college club populated by young adult males.
  • The teaching syllabus is not an un-ordered collection of 40 or 60 random throws.  It is a set of systematic variations on a few themes organized into an orderly system.
The throws for the night will include:
  • deashi, kosoto, hiza, osoto, ukigoshi
  • kouchi, ouchi, ogoshi, seoinage, koshiguruma
  • sasae, sodeTKgoshi, okuriashi
  • haraiTKashi, haraigoshi, taiotoshi
  • ashiguruma, oguruma, hanegoshi, sumiotoshi
So, obviously, doing nagekomi for 20 throws in about 120 minutes, we'll have to be efficient with our time. I'll try to minimize lecture time and maximize throwing time.  It's also obvious that everyone will have to be careful with their partners (think soft judo) and we'll have to trade partners seamlessly between throws (everyone works with everyone).

Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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