Upcoming Practice Schedule

Over the next couple of weeks, we have some schedule changes:

  • Thursday, 10/24/2019 Pacific joining us for a joint practice. Kids and adult classes are at the regular times, there will just be more people.
  • Saturday, 10/26/2019 Practice is cancelled due to a show at Rings-&-Things.
  • Monday, 10/28/2019 Regular practice.
  • Thursday, 10/31/2019 (Halloween) We are cancelling the kids class. We will have an adult practice from 6:00-8:30. Pacific is welcome to attend.
  • Saturday, 11/2/2019 Katame No Kata Clinic all day.

Everything should be back to normal after that.
See everyone tomorrow.

Tournament this Weekend and Canceled Practice

Just a reminder that the tournament here in town is tomorrow. Everyone should come down and help out (even if your not competing).
There is always a need for more help at the tournament and anything you can do is appreciated.

On a related note, practice tomorrow (Saturday) will be cancelled because everyone will be at the tournament. Also, there won’t be practice on Monday due to the holiday. See everyone back on the mat on Thursday.
Good luck to all our competitors tomorrow.

Practicing to win is an error

Judo Info site is an excellent resource for information about all aspects of judo.

Judo Training Methods by Kazuzo Kudo has some good advice on important elements of judo practice. Sensei Anna Marie found this article and asked me to post it.
Specifically, she highlighted:

“Practice for practice sake is the basic element of progress. To repeat, practice for its own sake is the key to progress. Rather than thinking of throwing
or downing your opponent, think that he is actually being good enough to become the model on which you can both polish up the techniques you are good in
and learn many new techniques. Pay no attention if your opponent throws you or turns your own attack against you. Practice with the single idea of learning
the body movements and the techniques themselves. In practice sessions use as many right techniques, left techniques, and counter attacks as you can. Naturally,
with all this activity one of these practice bouts can only last two or three minutes. That is all right, but remember, work out, rest a moment, work out
again, rest again, and keep this process going throughout the entire practice session.”

The rest of the article is definitely worth reading too. I think all the advice he gives is good to keep in mind. We need to stop focusing on winning/beating our partner and instead improving our own technique.

Judo Counters & Combinations

On Thursday, I was going on about the need to make all our attacks a sequence of throws. A setup attack, a main attack, a follow up attack and so on. During competition is the wrong time to improvise a series of attacks, you need to practice the series then in rendori you will do the series. As a starting point for some sequences of setup/attack/followups , take a look at: list of combinations.

The End of Summer

Sadly Summer is over, but on the positive side, we can get back to more judo!
Hopefully all of you that took some time off are ready to get back on the mat and get back in shape.
We have cancelled practice for Monday 9/3 but Thursday 9/6 is on.
In addition, We are starting up Saturday practices again. This Saturday 9/8 will be the first one.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Bitnami