Summary of Tuesday May 28th

May 30th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (0 Comments)

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Kodokan video on seoi-nage (shoulder throw).

Summary of Saturday May 25th

May 27th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (0 Comments)

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Review of kosoto gari, with an added application of kosoto gari as a counter to forward throws like seoi nage. Furthermore, kosoto gake (small outside hook) was demonstrated. The differences between various similar leg techniques are also reviewed in the Kodokan video in the link above.

Summary of Tuesday May 21st

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (1 Comments)

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Kodokan video on some shoulder throw variations:

  1. Morote seoi-nage (two hand shoulder throw)
  2. Ippon seoi-nage (one [hand] shoulder throw)

Ne-waza (ground technique):

Reversals, turnovers, and sweeps are one of the most important basics.

  1. Pendulum sweep (AKA flower sweep, windmill sweep)
  2. Scissor sweep
  3. Butterfly sweep: clip by Nicholas Gill, Canadian Olympic silver medallist; or Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki; or alternatively a picture/text instructional.

Summary of Saturday May 18th

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (0 Comments)

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Review of hane goshi.


Ne-waza (ground techique):

Review of arm drag series. Additionally, an arm drag setup to an arm triangle choke (AKA head-and-arm choke, kata gatame) was shown, although it was demonstrated slightly differently by sensei-Comrie.

Summary of Tuesday May 14th

May 17th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (0 Comments)

Short summary today even though there was more covered on Tuesday. As always, these summaries are not meant to be comprehensive, and techniques should always be practised safely under supervision.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Tomoe-nage was the main throw demonstrated, and it is usually idiomatically translated as the circle throw or the whirling throw. In actuality, it refers to a whirling symbol that is common in many Asian cultures, and its descriptive appropriateness should be self-evident. Without further ado, tomoe-nage is demonstrated in this Kodokan video. It’s important to note that there are many variations of tomoe-nage besides those demonstrated in the video. More generally, tomoe-nage is an advanced and difficult throw because of its “sacrificial” implementation, which requires tori to fully commit and give up his/her balance and posture. Accordingly, tomoe-nage is classified with various other throws (as in the video) as ma-sutemi waza, or forward sacrifice techniques.

Summary of Saturday May 11th

May 12th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary - (0 Comments)

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily capture all that was taught in class.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Review of hane goshi.


Ne-waza (ground techique):

  1. “Hugging” turnover with leg hooks from turtle position (example 1, example 2, example 3)
  2. Kuzure kesa gatame (broken “scarf” hold) escape (example 1, example 2)

Summary of Tuesday May 6th

May 8th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (1 Comments)

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily capture all that was taught in class.


Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Ko soto gari (small outside reap) was introduced on Tuesday. For reference, watch this Kodokan video on kosoto gari. Note the emphasis of the “clipping” or reaping in the direction of uke‘s toes. Later in the video, there is also an important discussion on how kosoto gari differs from other ashi-waza (leg techniques) like de ashi barai (forward foot/leg sweep) and kosoto gake (not discussed). Note the difference between the direction and mechanics of the leg action between kosoto gari and deashi barai, as well as the difference in attack timing as uke‘s weight shifts between legs.

For additional food for thought, read this primer on kosoto gari by the author of The Difficult Way.


Ne-waza (ground technique):

Bernard’s side triangle-like turnover from turtle position.

While not yet officially announced by Hart House, the administration has decided to defer the summer access fee until next summer. If the access fee was a barrier to club participation, hopefully this news will change that!


Today’s technique was a revisit to hane goshi ((跳ね腰), the springing hip throw. It’s one of the more difficult hip throws, and apocryphal history claims that it was invented by an injured judoka who had trouble performing uchi mata (内股), the inner thigh throw. Regardless, here is a video made by the Kodokan on hane goshi. Demonstrated in this video are:

  1. A chasing entry into hane goshi.
  2. A sideways entry into hane goshi (not discussed in class).
  3. A more static entry into hane goshi.
  4. An analysis as to the differences between hane goshi, harai goshi (払腰, sweeping hip throw), uchi mata.
Further food for thought can be found in this video, which emphasizes the hierarchical importance of hip action over the leg follow-through. In essence, the follow-through leg action mainly guides the throw rather than being the main driver of leverage; an analogy can be made with swinging a baseball bat or tennis racket. The leg action also helps create a flat plane in conjunction with the hip and chest to bear the load of uke. The actual main leverage quite literally comes from a “springing” action to load uke onto the hip (and legs and chest).

Summary of Tuesday April 23rd

April 25th, 2013 | Posted by judo in Class summary | News - (0 Comments)

Please note that the techniques presented in these videos may not necessarily be identical to what was taught in class.


  1. Bridging reversal from hon kesa gatame (basic “scarf” hold)
  2. Rolling reversal from turtle position
  3. Ushiro kesa gatame (rear “scarf” hold)
    N.B. The Kodokan only officially recognises (hon) kesa gatame and kuzure kesa gatame (broken “scarf” hold), and this variation would be officially categorised as kuzure. There is also one other variation also (non-officially) referred to as ushiro kesa gatame.
  4. Arm drag set-up to:

UFC 154 Viewing Party

November 8th, 2012 | Posted by judo in News - (0 Comments)

Hola everyone!!

We are planning a UFC 154 Viewing party (George St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit) for November 17, 2012 at 8:00pm.

If you are interested in good company, food, beer, and what will hopefully be a fantastic fight – join our facebook group below and indicate that you are coming so we know the numbers!

The specific address and miscellaneous details will soon follow.

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/events/488116531219642/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Hope to see you there!!
-UofT Judo Club

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