We have been working on transition a lot over the past few weeks, it seems ne-waza is being encouraged more in competition recently which is good to see. Ideally you should be able to make your transition work in around 5 or 6 seconds to make it effective, the quicker the better.
In this video clip you will see an excellent turnover which starts at around 3 minutes 30 seconds of the fight.
WC Tokyo 2010 Akimoto JPN v Elmont NED
This is a very good example of transition and you can see he has obviously practiced it many many times. Even though he had used it in earlier rounds of the event, his opponents were still unable to stop the turnover. It is sometimes wise to have a favorite technique in Ne-waza as well as Tachi-Waza and be able to use it from many different situations and scenarios. If a technique is well drilled and rehearsed it is difficult to stop. Ask Kosei Inoue’s opponents ? I guess they planned and practiced ways of stopping his Uchi-Mata, but in reality they were unable to stop it.
This is the 3rd post for my assignment on the EJU L4 performance coach award.
There are only a few days to go before some of the students compete in the British Championships in Sheffield England. I decided that to avoid injury before the competition we would look at a Shime-waza used by Flavio Canto (BRA). I have posted 2 videos above, one showing competition examples of this technique and another showing a more basic introduction to the technique.
By the group practicing Ne-waza there was little risk of the players getting injured.
Firstly we completed a simple ne-waza warm up with the players practicing their own favorite (Tokui-waza) ne-waza techniques turn for turn in a nice relaxed manner with little resistance from their Uke.
Once they were warm I began to demonstrate the technique using a democratic coaching style as I wanted to encourage the students to have input into the session as much as possible in order for them to be able to practice the technique and be prepared to engage in discussion about the technique afterwards.
As I was working with a group that were very competent in Ne-waza and even though the technique itself was quite complex, i felt they would be capable of introducing it into their Ne-waza repertoire in future and would also give the group a new technical skill to develop after the competition in their technical training sessions.
When it was time for them to practice, I asked them to reflect on wether the technique was suitable for them to use in a competitive situation and to raise any questions if they had any difficulty and to evaluate their own performance of the technique. We also had lots of time to discuss issues and get input from each person during the session. I also asked them to record the session in their training diaries – I have attached a copy of a blank page of the diary to show the type of content I ask them to record.
Technical / Tactical session – Training Diary