This is the 5th post for my assignment on the EJU L4 performance coach award
Uchi Mata – Joint planning, observation, action/practice, reflection and feedback.
I feel that joint planning should occur as a part of all coaching sessions, which typically involves discussion of what the player wants to do between coaching sessions and how the player will use the information discussed or skills that will be practiced.
Observation of the player can then happen which will provide an opportunity for reflection, feedback and discussion for me as a coach and for the opportunity to incorporate the use of new strategies and skills into the individuals training programme.
We recently looked at Uchi-Mata in a training session. Prior to the the session I had asked the students to set some short term goals for working with this particular throw and asked them to write down their goals on a goal setting template of which i have attached a copy of the document below.
When it was time for the Uchi mata technical training session I started off by showing some good video examples of the technique in competition, including counters and combinations (a highlight reel). I also showed some bad examples and youtube clips of some bad examples (low light reels if you like) which provided opportunity to put a bit of humor into the session (apologies to the person who created the video of the Bad example of Uchi mata).
I then began to warm the students up, by stretching exercises, movement drills including the lifting of the leg in an Uchi mata style, hopping up and down the mat again in the position of Uchi mata, some balance exercises and then some Uchi mata Uchi komi. We took time to look at the basic principles of the technique, such as the role of the sleeve and lapel, the unbalancing of the Uke (Kuzushi), Tsukuri (fitting in to the technique) including placement of the feet in the correct position and the execution of the throw (Kake). The players were then encouraged to practice the technique in both Uchi Komi and Nage Komi. I also stressed the importance of attempting the technique during randori and not to worry too much if the throw didn’t work immediately, or if they get countered or blocked when attempting the throw i.e. having a purpose for the randori and to try and encourage them to stamp their own personality or their own creativity on the throw without thinking they are going to be scolded for doing something wrong.
If you look at the first video the very first Uchi mata in the highlights video is a fine example of how this throw was individualised, I would have trouble demonstrating this but it may be something the players could achieve?