Ben Reinhardt wrote:
JudoStu wrote:I did a class the other week where I was paired with a 21 year old 3rd dan International level Judoka for an entire class.
“Great” you might think. Well for the entire class we did nothing but Tai-otoshi. First just Tai-Otoshi on its own and then set ups in to Tai-Otoshi and then counters and finally Tai-Otoshi in to Kesa Gatame and Tai-Otoshi in to Newaza randori.
What I found difficult was that the pace was relentless. We literally went throw for throw for the whole class so I must have done in excess of 100 breakfalls. The ones where he followed me down in to Kesa gatame were particularly tough.
At 42 these type of sessions take their toll on me so much so that I could barely stand up straight for 4 days after. I couldn’t make a fist for a week after and both my arms had giant bruises from my triceps down past my elbow to my forearms, not to mention my ribs and back being bruised.
Am I being a wuss? Should the instructor have taken in to consideration my age? The reason I was paired with this guy was because I am the only other Black belt in the club (Instructors aside) and measure up relatively close with him (I’m 90kg and he’s around 99kg).
Sounds like you got a taste of some serious training, there, Stu ! Is your club normally so intense, or was it a special occasion ?
No, you are not being a wuss, it sounds to me like you are just not used to that level of intensity. It also sounds like you your tatami system is not too good. Is it on a suspended floor ?
Yeah basically the club has two coaches, one of whom is fairly new to coaching in this country (UK). He has previously taught in Japan having learnt Judo over there but only recently attained his level 2 coaching badges from the BJA.
So this new instructor is a bit old school Japanese in his approach to training. The thing is I agree with the idea of really drilling one throw constantly for the whole class but I need the crash mats for this. The coach doesn't agree with crash mats as he thinks they hinder breakfalling.
In answer to your question, the mats are not on a suspended floor they are on a solid concrete floor and therefore the falls are hard.
OK, from a safety point of view that's inappropriate...tatami on solid concrete, unless they are the type of tatami designed to be used that way. Even then, it's not ideal. So, yeah, crash pads, but those do somewhat limit movement options.
I'd say that your elite level guy shouldn't expect to get that sort of training at your type of club. He should view it more as a "rest" sort of day, to maybe work on ne waza more, anything but full speed throwing with that tatami set-up. Plus, it's being a bit of an ass on his part, whatever the instructor (who was a bit of an ass as well IMO), for a guy like that to be powering into a middle aged club level judoka like that for an hour and a half.
So, you are not a wuss, but a victim of bad coaching and a training partner who was being pretty rude.