Rick "Moose" Pollard was one of the most profound of the judo coaches at Houston a few years back. I only got to play with him a couple of times, but one of my buddies caught up with him a couple of years ago and picked his brain regarding what order he taught newaza to beginners. Moose apparently jotted some notes down on a bar napkin and this napkin has become sort of a holy relic around that dojo ;-)
Following is my summary of the contents of the (in)famous Holy Bar Napkin of Antioch...
- shrimping with 2 hands in 1 place
- bridge&roll escape from kesa, mune, tate, and kami
- how to break and pass the guard
- basic pins/holds
- basic armbars
- basic chokes
- basic series/combos
He also had a couple of misc. pointers, like...
- Keep your elbows close
- Take time to think about what you are doing
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