Friday, March 22, 2013

Do Judo Fighter Have Good Groundwork?

As a judo player, I get asked about judo newaza (groundwork skills). Many people think judo is just about throws. That is not the case. Judo as an art consists of a balance grappling approach to standing and ground techniques. Competitive judo does emphasize throws of ground fighting and a lot of judo players will focus on the standing aspect more. I know judo players that have incredible ground skills. Where I do feel that judo players have a strength is in their tranisiton from standing to ground. On the high competitive levels the submissions happen quickly and happen during the transition. So, for the judo fighter, he/she has to link the throw to ground effectively to be able to use ground skills. Train in a manner than creates quick submissions. Judo Newaza Highlight

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