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Strength Training for Judo: Part 4 – The Grappler

So far, we’ve gone over strength training programs for two of the most common styles of judo athlete, the Turner and the Charger. Previous to that we also examined the general training needs for every judoka. In this installment, we’re going to look at perhaps the most difficult of judo athletes to train and program for, the Grappler.   Grapplers […]

Strength Training for Judo: Part 3 – The Charger

Welcome to part three of my strength training for judo series. In part one I talked about how to train cardio and grip. In part two, we covered the workouts and details of one of the classic types of judo player, the Turner. In part three, let’s talk about how to train if you are another classic type, […]

Strength Training for Judo: Part 2 – The Turner

Part 2 from David Varnes   In part one of my five part series on strength training for judo, I talked about two of the consistent needs for judo athletes, specifically cardio and grip strength, and I also defined the three types of judo players – Turner, Charger, and Grappler. In part two, let’s take a look […]

Strength Training for Judo: Part 1 – Training Grip and Cardio

Great article I ran across by David Varnes   For years, in the world of American martial arts, there has existed the “red headed step child” of judo. In the 60s and 70s, judo was outranked by karate and kung fu, as those two arts were championed by the charismatic and film-friendly faces of Chuck Norris […]

2015 Junior Olympics

2015 Junior Olympics

Team Sempai had two competitors medal at the 2015 Junior Olympics. Samantha Reinders placed second place receive a Silver medal and Sean McGarry placed third in both National and International competition earning two Bronze medals.Way to go you two! Now to get back on the mats and get ready for the State Games of America […]

Canon Of Judo by Kyuzo Mifune

This is one of the best books you can ever get. It is out of print now and very expensive to buy so we wanted to make sure all Judoka’s have a chance to read this book. Often referred to as the Judo Bible. Kyuzo mifune canon of judo[1] from SOCIEDAD INTERNACIONAL DE KIROTERAPIA

Murphy’s Laws of Martial Arts

Ten scientific principles that apply to the study of all martial arts: The wimp who made it through the eliminations on luck alone will suddenly turn into Bruce Lee when you’re up against him. The referee will always be looking the other way when you score. You will have trouble with the ties on your […]

Goshin-waza of Judo (Self Defense)

Goshin-waza is always practiced in the form of Kata, and never in Randori. The Goshin-waza is included in Kime no Kata, Kodokan Goshin-jutsu, Kime Shiki and Joshi Goshinho. It should be noted that Kime Shiki and Joshi Goshinho are not very common in todays Judo, but I have choosen to include them anyway, because of […]

Atemi-waza in Judo

Atemi-waza in Judo Atemi is constructed of the words ate, which means strike or blow, and mi, which means body. Thus atemi-waza are techniques with wich you strike the body. They are commonly referred as strikes or blows to the body’s vital points, but does not necessarily have to be directed to them. Atemi-waza is […]

Judo Leglocks

General Observations The leglocks serve naturally to extort the opponent’s surrender, for once favourable contact has been acquired, their result is almost immediate. But it is often quite difficult to obtain this contact. That is why the essential role of the leglocks–as also that of the Dislocation Necklocks–consists above all in determining defensive reactions which […]