Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Super Six!

What if the Divine Nine was actually the Super Six?
Notice in the previous article that kosoto, osoto, kouchi, and ouchi don't have much of a technique cloud surrounding them. That suggests to me that some of these are not as foundational as the others.  I mentioned in some of the original Divine 9 articles that ashiwaza was probably over-represented because of my personal bias.
What if these 4 ashiwaza were collected into a cloud represented by one kihon? Which one of them would be the kihon that the ashiwaza cloud is based on? I say one could modify the Divine 9 into a smaller set as follows...
  • deashibarai - okuriashi, haraiTKashi
  • kosotogari - kosotogake, osotogari, kouchigari, ouchigari
  • hizaguruma - sasaeTKashi, koshiguruma, ashiguruma, oguruma
  • ukigoshi - haraigoshi, hanegoshi, uchimata
  • ogoshi - tsurigoshi, tsurikomigoshi, kubinage
  • seoinage - seoiotoshi, taiotoshi, ukiotoshi, sumiotoshi
I guess my original point still holds - that we need a small set of kihon that are representative of most of the rest of judo, which we can practice more often than the rest of the gokyo.  How an instructor constructs that set of kihon might vary, as will their selection of which waza to put in that set. 
There is a lot of room for variation and preference in my kihon scheme. For instance, I've discussed with some of my students that taiotoshi is such a good technique, it is so foundational, that it could probably be the kihon within its cloud instead of seoinage. I've also discussed with some other instructors that ukiotoshi could be considered the foundational technique of that same set. It's also come up that sodeTKgoshi might be a better foundational technique than ogoshi.
So, your mileage may vary, but the Divine 9 has worked well for my students and I, and I figure to see for a while how my ideas coalesce around this Super Six.  I don't figure to change our syllabus (yet?) or the order that things are done in, but just to reorganize in my mind how this huge number of throws in judo coalesces into a systematic, orderly whole.
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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