Tomorrow starts my (relatively) intensive next two weeks of prepping for the test.
If I end up teaching judo, my plan for tomorrow morning is to cover renwaku waza. However, I don’t plan to cover the traditional go-with-the-flow style of combinations I have seen a lot of. I plan to cover imposing your game on the other guy with an all-out blitzkrieg. The difference between the two is that how I’ve traditionally been taught is to do attack 1, and depending on if they do A or B to counter, follow up with 2a or 2b. An example is that you may go in for a hip throw, if they counter by checking your hip with theirs you can switch to an ouchi gari, but if they counter by circling or posting you’re generally in a good position for osoto gari. Instead, I’ll be focusing on a 1 > 2 > 3 approach using a simplified scenario where you can always impose how they need to counter if they’re going to.
Alex, a great wrestler at Fight Prime, worked with me on Tuesday on a really powerful ippon seoi nage from a tight overhook. I plan to teach and incorporate that. I already do a powerful osoto gari and ouchi gari from the tight overhook, and they each afford a drastic simplification over the traditional judo variants – there’s only really one way out. You’re in too close for most of the normal counters to be viable, so stepping out to try to make space is a requirement to not get thrown in these cases. That simplification means we don’t need to focus on having multiple options. We get to focus just on the attacks and the timing of the follow-up without guessing which follow-up will be appropriate.
Uke steps in for ogoshi > step around and sink in the deep overhook (whizzer) > immediately go for osoto gari > [if they step out] immediately go for ouchi gari > [if they step out] immediately switch to ippon seoi nage. It’s a lot of steps, and more throws that we’d normally cover in a single judo class. However, they’re just four basic throws that everyone already knows – even if they come rarely. Obviously if Matt or Tim want to teach something else I’ll defer to their expertise, but this is my plan if I end up covering tomorrow.
After the 1.5 hours of judo will be between 2.5 and 3 hours of BJJ with an explicit focus on the purple belt curriculum. Submissions and transitions from every position is the goal. Thoughtful practice makes for exceptional execution.