Friday, February 25, 2011

Save the hands for last

Try this, in both judo and in aikido.  Do not add in your hands until last - until after you've already got the guy wrecked and on the way down.
Instead, build your throws from the ground upward.  Build the skill that you need in order to get your feet in a powerful position.  Then get your feet and hips in the right place.  Then finally, when everything else all the way down the line is in order... then throw your arms and hands into the mix.
If you do it otherwise, you will often get your hands working when your hips and/or feet are out of position, and the exertion in your arms stops you from moving properly, ensuring that you will never get the rest of your power train in position to work properly.
Just like in the conclusion of the classic sci-fi novel, Ender's game, they realize that "a small force kept in reserve often has a disproportionately large effect on the outcome.

[photo courtesy of dangoodwin]

Patrick Parker
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