Sport Judo

Saturday was a lesson in sport judo. We had some guests who came and I ended up working out the entirety of the class with Junior. We mostly did the eight variations of seoi nage (ippon, morote, sode, eri, ko, o, reverse, and cross-sleeve). It was hard work, uncomfortably warm, and by the end of it I was too exhausted to do warm-ups for BJJ. It’s the kind of judo I haven’t done since I competed.

Those are the high points. There was also another discomfort. I was being treated like I knew nothing about the techniques. The off-hand comments like that I’d be going over my shoulder/head to take yoko wakari, the immediate correction of the variation of o soto that I have used in competition, or the surprise that I knew the names of the eight seoi variations… I’ve been at this since 2007. The discussion about the fact that I think the IJF is inherently wrong was also uncomfortable. I’m not in judo to compete in judo. I’m in judo to get better at grappling and the new rules don’t do that justice. Yes, I understand they’re for the safety of the athletes, the clarity of calls, and the preservation of a style of judo that is in vogue. Understanding that doesn’t mean it’s what interests me.

I don’t play politics. I grapple. It’s important to me that the environment I’m in fosters not only sport judo, but judo as it can be applied to grappling. We are in an environment where it’s important that people know how to shoot so their partners can learn how to sprawl, where students have to learn to perform and receive kani basami without damaging each others knees, and where we all have a life to live the next day. Sport judo has a place in teaching people which throws work in competition and giving people the experience of setting them up and executing them against other skilled players who know the throws and their counters. However, judo as it will be practiced in my environment will not be where the IJF stops it, and no individual saying “you can’t grab the leg anymore” will be welcome to work with me. Sport judo was great. I got my hardware there and may some day decide to do a couple of tournaments to pick up more. Right now, the emphasis is on being ready for grappling in general.

Metamoris II Announced.

In case you’ve been under a rock Metamoris II has been announced. The full fight card and details are up at http://metamoris.com. To save you some time, here’s the list of all six fights as they are right now (subject to change):

Shinya Aoki vs. Kron Gracie
Braulio Estima vs. Rodolfo Vieira
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu vs. Brendan Schaub
Mackenzie Dern vs. Michelle Nicolini
Andre Galvao vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Bill “The Grill” Cooper vs. Ryan Hall

Can I just note how excited I am to see these matches? Every match holds the promise to be exciting, and based on the names I don’t expect to see anyone lay on their back and stall for 20 minutes… I definitely have my favorites in each match, but if I’ve learned anything from watching this sport it’s that sometimes the best matches are the upsets.

Be sure to keep an eye on http://lapelchoke.com as the date draws near. Jesse always live tweets the events for those of us who can’t manage to watch and is pretty good about providing updates for all the tournaments in one location.

Long Time No Post

I’ve been in and out of judo and BJJ lately. Two weeks ago Anders visited from Sweden so I went to judo to visit with him and everyone else. I hadn’t been there in almost seven months. More on that later. Then last week I was out on a work trip. So this week I was back in the swing of things.

Mosquito is back and teaching no-gi classes. Last night we had some guests who do Combat Sambo down in Janesville. Two were teenagers and the third was their instructor. They definitely knew their stuff. I had a blast rolling with them.

So, back to judo. I’m going to be trying to make it there at least once a month. I’ll probably have to work out with Leslie and Ian some kind of a payment plan. There’s also a lot of political turmoil. In a way I’m glad I’ve been gone – I’ve heard the stories, but by being gone I’ve still gotten to keep from being involved in all the shake up that’s been happening. I think Junior summed it up best “I just want to show up and fight.”