A short instructional video:
And here is Ronda Rousey doing the same thing in the Beijing Olympics:
Finally, in an MMA context, watch Ronda Rousey take down Sarah Kaufman with a ko-uchi-gari and do this exact same roll 2-3 times before securing the armbar:
This is me competing for the first time in many years at the City College of San Francisco spring judo tournament. New rules forbidding any hand-to-leg contact are now in effect. Thanks to Sensei Leon for taking the video.
All Oakland Judo students are required to become members of the United States Judo Federation. The USJF provides medical insurance for all judo-related activities, whether it’s in class, at a tournament, or at a clinic.
Online registration is now available. Click here to go to the USJF website and being the registration process.
- “Judo Rank” – white belts select “Rokkyu”
- For “Yudanshakai” select “Central Coast”
- “Club/Dojo” select “Kenin-Kan Judo Club”
- Oakland Judo 2nd Quarter April 2-June 27th – Sign up Now to Save! (oaklandjudo.com)
- Judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison still has a mission (triblive.com)
We’ll be starting our next quarter of judo here in Oakland in April. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm for three months starting on April 2nd and running through Thursday, June 27th. If you’ve been thinking about trying judo or getting back into it, this is a great opportunity.
Sign up now to save money! If you pay on or before the last class of our first quarter, Thursday, March 28th, the price is just $165 for the 2nd quarter. That works out to just a little over $6 per class, which is a ridiculously good deal. If you sign up after March 28th, the price goes up to $190, which is still a ridiculously good deal at a little over $7 per class. But why not save yourself $25 if you can?
If you’re a beginner or have never been to our dojo before, feel free to drop in and watch or try a class. Just give myself (510-516-3478) or Sensei Leon a call to let us know that you’re coming.
- Japan Olympic Committee cuts judo grants after coach abuse scandal (japandailypress.com)
This is a good video from someone who has trained and competed at a high level in both judo and Brazilian jiujitsu. He underscores why it’s so important to practice ukemi: if you are afraid of falling, you won’t be able to throw correctly. Going in for a throw necessarily involves some risk – there is always the chance that you could be thrown. This is why we always do at least 20-30 minutes of ukemi at every single practice. We learn to fall forwards, backwards, sideways, from high and low and all different angles. When you know that you won’t get hurt being thrown, the door is open to learning judo.
Try doing your ukemi on different surfaces – start on some soft grass and maybe work your way up to hard packed dirt.
- Ukemi practice (oaklandjudo.com)
Neil Adams is one of the most well-known British judoka of all time. In addition to the 1981 World Championship, he also took silver at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. One of his specialties was the juji-gatame arm bar. Watch here as he wins the final of the -78kg category with an ippon-seoinage and follows up with an armbar. Remind you of anyone??
Ukemi is rolling and falling practice. It’s a very important part of judo. Back in the old days you might only be allowed to practice ukemi for a few weeks or months before joining the regular class and learning throws.
We learn to fall safely from any position – on your back, on your side, on your front, from the ground, from belt level or even shoulder level. As your practice you gain confidence and your body gets used to falling – as it becomes familiar you even start to enjoy it. When you can throw yourself with confidence, you know you can fall correctly and safely when you are thrown by another person. Once you have lost your fear of falling, the door is open and the world of judo is open to you.