ZUIHITSU - RANDOM NOTES ABOUT JUDO BY RONALD DESORMEAUX
Judo Ron 66 - Judo Transition Techniques
Regular training program
As we all know, judo, as conceived by the founder Jigoro Kano in 1882 is composed of a rationalprocess in which the intelligent use of energy takes the foreground. It is complemented with aparticular social behaviour demanding that we seek mutual benefits for both self and thesociety. Its third element consist in a physical training segment that demand that we strive toachieve the greatest results within the best of our abilities. This text will address some of thechanges in attitude that can be encountered within the technical use of judo techniques.In our technical teaching program, we tried to introduce you to the principles of singletechniques by making emphasis on the Kuzushi, Tsukuri and the Kake components. We furtherworked on developing the awareness for the capture of greater opportunities (Debana)for youto place your chosen technique more appropriately when the opponent is on the move.In the advanced class we introduced the realm of combination techniques whereby techniquesare used in all directions, in combination or as supplement to others. We began Randoripractices where you attempted to develop your techniques in a confrontational environment inwhich numerous forms of resistance were strategically employed. We also reviewed somefifteen tactical weapons at your disposal to survive your next combat encounters.A quick review of these attributes can be found in my book:
The Discovery of Judo’s Arsenal
Shin Gi Tai
. Just to refresh your memory of these fundamentals, I list them hereafter:1.
Performing good Ukemi for your safety and peace of mind2.
Adopting a good posture Shisei which permit the greatest freedom of action3.
Ability to move about speedily in Shintai4.
Understanding how and when to displace your body with Tai-Sabaki5.
Practicing different form of grips or Kumi-Kata6.
Identifying opportunities (Debana) to place the best Kuzushi7.
Filling and managing the distance between you and your partner with Tsukuri8.
Developing your senses so that you can read the others and act swiftly in Sen-no-Sen9.
Performing the chosen technique with speed and accuracy Kake10.
Keeping contact and following-up for both safety and new opportunity Sesshoku11.
Developing and imposing rhythm and harmony with the opponent Ju-Wa12.
Maximizing the use of abdominal energy and muscle power Hara-Gei13.
Exploding your inner strength with selected forms and proper Kiai14.
Developing the right attitude and keeping fortitude with better Kokoro15.
Remembering that in a confrontation, soft gets the better of hard, JUDO