This is one of my top three favorite forms of randori for the kids (the others are chicken tail randori and zombie attack). I particularly like this because the bottom man's objective is to not wrestle with the top man - rather to escape and flee to safety. This is a mode that judo folks don't get to practice much because we are usually so tied up in grappling and submitting the other guy that we automatically re-engage after an escape even when that might not be appropriate (i.e. in a self-defense scenario).
The rules are simple...
- Bottom man starts on hands and knees. Top man starts standing behind bottom man, with both hands on bottom man's back.
- When referee calls "go" or "hajime" bottom man crawls across the mat to a finish mark while top man tries to grapple and slow or hold bottom man. Bottom man is to avoid being drawn into a grappling match - rather escape and flee to the objective.
- Top man cannot pounce. Neither player may choke or jointlock- it is a purely positional game.
- If the action stops (top man holds bottom man) long enough to bore the ref, the ref may coach the bottom man or stand them up and start them over.
- When the pair reaches the objective at the end of the mat, they switch roles and come back.
- If one player or the other vastly out-ranks or out-sizes the other, the ref may throw handicaps to level the field (one hand holding belt, close eyes, no grips, etc...).
It is such a good form of newaza randori for the kids, I really ought to play it with the adults more too.
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