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Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
and if you think titles and high level competitions can be won because you've learn a a "secret" half-a-beat faster combo punch, i'll teach you one myself. right here on this forum. Take your favorite combo of punch. Use it. ALOT. eady day you train. for months. even if it doesnt work. than, the day you face your partners in a competition ... SCREW IT UP. fake the 2nd punch. or do it faster. so fast that you dont even try to hit him. You'll hit the guy doing this. Thats the "Surprise" and pavlov conditionning effect. and he'll say after: "OMG you were holding a back a secret move ! "
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
And i've done one of those "trick throws" in my career, trying to surprise my opponent. it was in the final of the Pan-Am cup. Which was the highest level of competition someone at my age could do. And I was disqualified for trying that trick throw, because it was judged too dangerous for my opponent. So I've lost my gold medal in the most important competition of my career (at that point) because I tried a "secret" move.
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
I've studied in a japanese dojo, and there is no "family" concept over there. Younger Students will leave school for the national training center in all Olympic sports. And of COURSE they hold back refinements to new techniques. Why would the coach try to teach you a variation if you cant even do the basic combo correctly ... and no, doing 1 "secret combo punch" isnt going to makes you win. There are a couple of "trick throws" in judo, they arent teached and practiced at all ... because they ARE TRICKS. You dont win high level competitions with tricks.
Oct
15
comment How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?
This sounds more like a brother quarrel than other situation ... I dont remember where I heard this phrase, but it have been a kind of spiritual guide for me .... "In real life, its not the other guy who decide when he won, its you who decide when you have lost." Which bring my question : to which extremities are you willing to bring this ? Sometimes admitting defeat IS the wiser choice ...
Oct
8
comment Tips for faster recovery after training
quick tip for morning stiffness : exercices yourself in the morning. it hurts like hell at the start, but you wont feel stiff the rest of the day
Aug
28
comment How can I become a good training partner
There is also the danger of injury due to vast strenght difference. if the guy isnt 100% confident he'll be able to do his techniques without controling the amount of strenght he puts into it, its better he dont practice with you at all , instead of hurting you. (happens to me when I was younger, around 19, I badly hurt a female judoka I was sparring with because I didnt realize I was getting much stronger.)
Aug
13
comment What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body?
I've remember seeing a promotionnal video back in the days about mike tyson and I remember it saying that his punch were registered to have the same impact as a horse's kick ... go no idea if it was true or not. According to wikipedia, he was rated 16 in the "strongest puncher in history" ... so you can probably go look for who was #1 and it'll give you a cue about what look for.
Aug
11
comment Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?
Aye, it is a very good answer. I just didnt bother to read it all, since I wasnt OP.
Aug
8
comment Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?
way too much text for me ... but +1 for nice color diagram !
Aug
6
comment Teaching ukemi to children
Your idea in learning to fall was how we did it at start. we also played a challenge game like this : put 1 ball (or yourself, or 1 small kid on his knees, head on the ground, hand over his head ), have kids roll over it/him. if they touch the ball/kid, they are out. when everyone is done, put a 2nd ball/kid next to it. have the surviver roll over, etc.
Aug
6
comment Teaching ukemi to children
I agree, I remember my starts in judo ... and all we learn was to roll forward. we start at 1 end of the dojo, roll forward till the end ... run back and start over. was dull ... but well ... I enjoy it.
Jul
10
comment What do instructors look for before allowing students to compete in judo?
Main point should be : what LEVEL of competitions are you talking about ? I've ref some competitions with very little kids (4-5 years old ), who just stand still, and takes turn throwing each other, 5 time. than we score the kid base on their falls, their techniques, etc. This require basicly no knowledge aside from listenting to the rules. Start with easy local competitions, and see for youself if its too easy or too hard.
Jul
2
comment What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
You dont hurt yourself in judo by "falling wrong" as when you walk on the slippery ground. When you hurt yourself in judo is when you try to bloc/counter someone who is applying a force to one direction, with something you shouldnt. (Try to bloc harai goshi by "locking" your knees when someone sweeps your leg, put your arm behind you when you are on the ground to prevent you rolling on your back while someone is pushing you, etc). This is why you normally dont see much injury in high level training, when someone "gets" you, your roll over with him. These big injuries happens in competitions.
Jun
23
comment Solo martial art learning
as Wudang Kid said, go to schools your interested in. They might get you to train kids and clean up the place free and in exchange they'll late you take classes free too. My coach was doing this to alot of poeple. He "rent" them the appartment above the dojo for free, they trained for free, but they were teaching all the basic classes.
Jun
23
comment Solo martial art learning
Judo can be practice alone, if you have a good base. movements and getting your oponent offbalance is repetitive. when I got lazy and complain about doing the same move more than 10 or 15 time, my coach keep on telling me how he practice O-soto-gari on trees in japan. For a long time, thousands of time per days. After, he went to town competitions and won easily doing only this move. ( should I turn this into a judo-kid movie ? )
Jun
8
comment What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?
This feels like weird to me (not saying its a bad question). We didnt had any "interview" at my tests (in judo). People trust the coaches decision, if your coach send you in, basicly he's vooching for you and thats enough.
Jun
3
comment Is the highest judo belt really red?
Also judoinfo.com/judan.htm its not true that 10th belt is a ceremonial acheivement ... or reserve the the "head" of the art ... again, technically anyone could get there. It just takes time (more if you arent considered an exceptional candidate) and you must show dedication to the arts.
Jun
3
comment Is the highest judo belt really red?
He is right in saying there are no dan limit in judo. You could technically advange higher, but no one have ever.
May
21
comment Correct position to leave an attacker after doing an strangulation to him
That is a question to bring up to your coach, btw. hes the one who teach you to choke poeple, hes also the one who should teach you about recovery.
May
9
comment How do I practice judo throws on my own without a partner?
you dont have to practice strengh when your alone, practice speed, stability and position. using any wall, tree, beams etc as all the answers suggest are great way to do it.