Monday

Posted on April 30, 2001 by Stephen

I was instructed by sensei Keith to start with a basic grab and work up to my first
throw. Yeah, Baby, Yeah! My first technique comes from the Gokyo no waza (Nage waza) group 1. It was
the Seoi-nage. This is a more difficult technique than the ippon-seoi-nage for me. Tori's right wrist
has to be strong and uke should be the same height to help tori learn. Getting in close and low to uke
is tori's goal. The second throw is a variation of the first. It is called ippon-seoi-nage
[1, 2]. This was easier on the
wrist, but had more mechanics to master. When the right arm of tori goes under the right arm of uke,
tori's arm at the elbow needs to pinch uke's tricep. If tori goes in to uke's right arm too high, uke
can turn this into a choke.

Second Night at Judo

Posted on April 25, 2001 by Stephen

My second night. There were a lot of new faces this night. The warm up was more rigorous than I was expecting. During warm up, I realised that it would be beneficial to learn to count to ten in Japanese

First Day at Judo

Posted on April 23, 2001 by quashnsa

My first day. Wow, this was great. I learned how to fall. Sensei Keith had me work with Carl (a black belt). Carl introduced me to ukemi. Most of my falls started on my butt. I did back falls, side falls, from my butt and then moved up to a kneeling position. Then I added a forward roll from kneeling. There are 8 positions to break someones balance (kuzushi): forward, backward, left right , left forward, right forward, left backward, and right backward.

Remember: bow in, bow on, bow off, bow out. Bow when entering the "dojo", bow when stepping onto the mat, bow when leaving the mat, bow when leaving the dojo. Also, bow to your training partner.