Thursday, 15 March 2012

What we did!!! (3): One support No Spinning Techniques (O Soto Gari, O Uchi Gari, Ko Soto Gake, Ko Uchi Gake)

Hello people!!! :D

Last week we had the chance to practice some new take downs. Each technique we could see had some characteristics in common, first one they were executed with one leg to support our weight (some ocassions you can put both legs on the ground to throw) and the second it's you didn't have to spin (longitudinal axis). Summarizing:
  1. One support leg
  2. No spin
In those techniques the goal was hooking one of my opponent's leg to throw him over his back. According to this (depending on waht leg you are takin off) we did 4 different techniques:
  1. O Soto Gari: Out and cross leg
  2. O Uchi Gari: In and opposite leg
  3. Ko Uchi Gake: In and cross leg
  4. Ko Soto Gake: Out and opposite leg
I think you will be able to see better what a I mean in the picture beside :)
After clarify these points, I woul like you to see some videos os these great techniques so you can have a wider idea about how they can be executed.

O SOTO GARI: Out and cross leg and O UCHI GARI: In and opposite leg
I'm putting both together because the next video is starred by Teddy Riner (5 times World Champion). This amazing heavyweight is a good example of how to use your legs to throw your opponents.

In this compilation you will see not only this throws, hava a look and let´s see if you are capable to recognise which ones are those we trained last week :)

Teddy Riner's Video
KO SOTO GAKE: Out and Opposite leg

To illustrate this take down I have chosen this amazing compilation where you can find a couple of amazing Ko Soto's. Enjoy it!!!

Zantaraia's Video
KO UCHI GAKE: In and Cross leg

Thursday, 8 March 2012

WHAT WE DID!!! (2): Positions

Hi guys!!! :D

After everything we did last session I asked you to learn some easy things, can you remember?
If you can't, here you have this post to ensure you can understand every detail about what we practiced.

In Judo, we have two diferent BASIC positions, RIGHT and LEFT.
If you are right handed you will tend to keep your right leg forward and just the opposite thing if you are left handed. Be careful, because when I am talking about right and left I mean just the position not the side where you can execute your techniques. One example, you could have a right handed stance gripping your opponent's right lapel however you could do a left drop seoi nague. They are different topics... related but different. In this post we will talk just about your position/stance so don't get confuse.

According to this, we can find three different scenarios to analyze a contest:
  1. A is RIGHT and B is RIGHT (Same position)
  2. A is LEFT and B is LEFT (Same position)
  3. A is RIGHT and B is LEFT (Opposite position)
We'll call Symmetric situation the the two firsts (Same position R/R or L/L) and Asymmetric situation the last one (Opposite Situation R/L)
This is very important to know because depending on the situation we stay we must give differents responses to achieve our goal.

Now I'll put some videos and images to ilustrate what I'm trying to explain, click the pictures to watch the video (finish it because there is always an ippon in the end) :D

SYMMETRIC (The same position):



ASYMMETRIC (Opposite position):

Thursday, 1 March 2012

WHAT WE DID!!! (1): Groundwork

Hi guys!!!
This the first post of many to come about what we did in previous lessons. The goal is giving you different support and guidance to help you understanding everything we are doing in the club. Everyweek I'll try and put videos and different stuff related with the contents that were or/and will be thaught in class. This way I hope to make you think a little more about Judo in general and the way we are working.
So the first instalment comes with what we have been seing these last weeks. Please have a look, the videos are about:
  1. Groundwork (Ne Waza): between the legs, how to attack, how to defend...
  2. How to get a transition from Standing Judo (Tachi Waza) to Ground Judo (Ne Waza)
  3. How to take advantage of that transition to apply a Turnover
Can you remember? whether if you can or not have a look I know you'll like it and you can understand better what we're a doing :D
The two first two videos are from Craig Fallon (-60 Kg), great Judo player from UK who was World Champion in 2005, here you can see his favourite turnover, can you find it familiar? :D
These ones are courtesy of Ole Bischof (-81 Kg) from Germany, fantastic Judoka and competitor, very good at groundwork and Olympic Champion in Beijing 2008. Pay attention how he always tries to go for the same turnoover taking advantage of the transition even provoking it.