Tag Archives: tachi-waza

Fancy footwork – Tai Sabaki ?

I like this video a lot. Some excellent movement and see how he changes direction which unbalances Uke and makes him prone to Ashi Waza?



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.

Uchi mata – Reflecting on the session

This is the 6th post for my assignment on the EJU L4 performance coach award

My first aim was to try to acknowledge the learner’s existing knowledge and abilities from their demonstrations and examples of Uchi mata and their goal setting templates as this would form the foundations for improving their knowledge and skills.

I also felt it was important to interact with the players in a nonjudgmental and constructive manner during conversations and identified with the players the targeted skills required and a timeline for the practice of the technical skills process and I developed with the players, a plan for practice of the skills necessary to achieve some of the targets that were set together.

I believed that by engaging the players in reflection on the usefulness, effectiveness of the throw and need for continuation of this coaching process, I would get better involvement from the players in the process, as they would feel part of the actual process rather than relying on the coach to be the person providing all the input.

Sometimes I am guilty of maybe being too generic with the group, for example pushing one particular way of doing things and hoping that this suits everyone. This approach may have killed any creativity players may have had and doesn’t allow for individuals to think outside of the box.

Hopefully my approach in the Uchi mata session will bear fruit in time ?