Thursday, April 27, 2017

Continue The Challenge

Now that I am in my 50s (the new 30s), I still train and challenge myself. In transitioning from 49 to 50 years of age, I was able to have a blast competing in Kata, Kickboxing, and Judo. Here's a clip of that period. So, if I can get it going, so can you. Don't let injuries, age, etc. stop you from attaining your goal. I am still in the pursuit of perfection in what I enjoy doing and that never ends so I get training.

Continue The Challenge

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

IJF World Veterans

Here is video of some of my matches from the 2016 IJF World Veterans Championships. This was my 2nd tournament of this kind. I competed in the 2012 Worlds, which was an incredible event too. In my first Worlds I wasn't on the level of the competition there. The international Judoka are on a higher level (number wise). This time I was better prepared and almost made it to the medal rounds. Here are some edits of 3 of my matches. Unfortunately I don't have match one against Brazil, but he was one tough dude. He broke his pinky toe and continued to play (with his toe sticking sideways).

Shidokan Atlanta At IJF Veterans Championships

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Favorite Judo Technique

My favorite technique in Judo is the Uchimata throw. It is a great for an opponent who is hunched over with their legs wide. In this clip I will share footage of me in Judo competitions. The throw can be done using several grips. I like to to use a Power Grip (over the shoulder or deep back) to execute this throw.
Shidokan Atlanta Uchimata Judo Throw

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Shidokan Atlanta Throws For Karate

In this video clip, I am going to share some tips on throws and takedowns for full contact Karate (of course these can be used in any art or sport that allows grappling). I find techniques that allow to face your opponent work best and Ashi Waza (foot techniques) are best. Sweeps, trips, etc. allow you to attack and you don't find yourself in a bad position if you miss. You will see me throw with an Uchimata (inner loin reap) in the video. The grip I use is around the head (like a head lock throw). Because of this grip, the opponent can hold your waist and use the momentum of landing to roll you over. So be careful if you use this grip. I would recommend a whizzer or under hook as this will allow you better control.

Shidokan Atlanta Throws For Karate