What can Judo classes learn from Scholastic Wrestling training

Hey guys, Preston here with another episode of Grappler Going Abroad. As you guys know, I’ve been practicing Judo on.

Hey guys, Preston here with another episode
of Grappler Going Abroad. As you guys know, I’ve been practicing Judo on and off from
about 2005 until now. I’m also a State Qualified Wrestler and an Assistant High School Wrestling
coach. All of my experiences between Judo and Wrestling, I have probably have about
10-12 years worth of grappling experience. When I get a chance to talk to people, I wouldn’t
say argue with them, but challenge them on their preconceived notions, especially when
they haven’t cross-trained in any other grappling sports, I jump at the opportunity because
it gives people a different perspective. Well, I had a conversation with two other Judoka
the other day about a video of a throw happening in an MMA match. Now, to me, the throw is
100% a lat drop, it’s a lateral drop from wrestling. The guy had an over and under-hook,
takes him back, his heads to the side, he pushes in, the guy pushes back, he takes the
entry step, throws back. How the conversation started is these two judoka wanted to discuss
what throw it was, whether it was yoko-otoshi, hiza guruma, yoko wakare. I literally told
them that it doesn’t matter, it’s not any of those throws. It’s a wrestling lat drop.
I broke down to them that the head positioning, the fact that uke was driving in, the over
and under-hooks, the fact that the pulling arm was the over-hook arm. It really brought
up an interesting conversation about differences between competition training for Judo and
competition training between Wrestling. A lot of the people I was talking to, at least
one of them, the other person kind of left the conversation after initial contesting
of ideas about what throw it was, this other person asked me about “Well, what about Wrestling
teaching methods are more efficient for Judo than Judo teaching methods?” You have randori
and you have uchi-komi, then you have instructional time. What judo teaching methods are missing
is Semi-Live, positional drilling. That is what we do in wrestling all the time. It’s
what we call a semi-live training program. Where you put wrestlers in compromising or
good positioning, give them a certain amount of time to either fight out of that or finish
the technique, and then once they’ve accomplish their goal, they continue drilling, the reset
positions and continue drilling that until they are told to switch partners. Usually
their intervals are set relative to their competition periods. This helps competitors
get their competition feet. They know what’s a good position to have, what’s a bad position
to have, and they know the responses to these positions, the correct responses to these
positions. I don’t see that a lot, especially at the grass-roots level here in Judo here
in the United States or Canada. A lot of people get in bad positions and they don’t realize
that they are in bad positioning or they get into position where they have to finish the
throw and then they choose not finish the throw because they don’t realize how bad of
a position they’re in. So he didn’t respond to that, he thought it was an interesting
concept, but he doesn’t have any frame of reference to compare positional, semi-live
drilling with. I told him that the Russians and the Eastern Europeans have been using
this same training method via Sambo, or Judo, or Freestyle Wrestling for decades. It works,
the Russians are some of the most technical Judoka and grapplers in the world. I thought
that was an interesting conversation that I wanted to share with you guys. So if you
run a Judo class, I would suggest that you start implementing some positional, semi-live
drilling into your curriculum and maybe that will help your competitors kind of become
a little bit more technical and a little bit more competition smart. If you guys enjoy
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Going Abroad.

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