It is by our continued interests in, the exposures to, and the experiences gained from trying different techniques that we expand our possibilities of retention and thereby diminish the amount of efforts or energy needed to reproduce those same movements in the future even when associated with different circumstances.
By the hundred and thousand repetitions performed under different scenarios, with diverse partners or when embracing altered angles of displacement, we get to practice our reasoning and enhance our senses of sight, hearing, smell and touch who will continuously feed us the necessary impulses from which we can build different action-reaction patterns. As we move along the judo path, we soon realize that we need to form reliable habits that incorporate all the new findings and enhance our automatic-reflexes.
Miyamoto Mushashi once said:“We have to seek to understand everything, from the global picture to the minute details and work our way up from the smallest to the biggest element”.
It is well recognized that individual will power, strength, skills and techniques are parts of the general training schedule followed by the majority.
These attributes will carry most judoka towards the attainment of some degree of efficiency. I am of the opinion that mastery on the other hand, will come only to those judoka who are able to control a given situation from the best vantage point and who are able to synchronize their actions-reactions with and make use of the opponent’s power and strength. This is the essence of judo: To overcome with flexibility. This latter path is often referred to as: “JU NO RI”, or responding with suppleness and in harmony.
Components of a throw
In order to demonstrate true mastery of judo technique, one must understand the correlation and the complementarity of the following ten elements:
1. Shisei-Posture or the ways the whole body is held and emphasis is placed on the natural stand.
2. Shintai- Displacement of the human body when walking (Ayumi-Tsugi Ashi).
3. Debana- Opportunity or the moment an object or person starts to move, act or interact.
4. Kumi Kata-Form associate with the preliminary holding for the engagement at the collar lapel or sleeve.
5. Kuzushi- Action of breaking balance of the opponent in one or eight directions as a preparation for a throw or a hold.
6. Ma-ai- is associated with distance management of the space between two combatants.
7. Tai-Sabaki -Body positions shifting and changing directions.
8. Tsukuri- The action to set up a technique following the braking of balance.
9. Kake- the swift execution of the technique including the momentum of movement.
10. Ukemi- the resultant action of breaking the fall as a mean of protection and safety.
Other members on this forum may wish to offer a different opinion, augment or complement the above. all comments are welcomed.