Ben Reinhardt wrote:
Ben Reinhardt wrote:
I remember your kids they were solid judokas, are they shodan by now? I have heard of the concept of using TSG as a building block it was a while back.
After reading the original post I thought how rare outside NNK the clasic TSG is. In 25plus years I can only remember teaching it maybe twice outside NNK. It could be interesting working on it after the competitive season. Thanks for the "food for thought".
BTW I can say I was here for Bens first post, prety cool.
Thanks Bert that means a lot coming from you.
They are both shodan as of last year. My first two students who I've actually gotten there and still been around (several others have gone on to earn black belts after leaving for other cities). They worked VERY hard, Leelen has been in Judo since he was 6 years old, Dillon since he was I t hink 9 or 10. They both had severe ankle injuries before their shodan test in Steveston. Leelen wore a soft cast as well as a professionally wrapped ankle while doing NNK, Dillon had his ankle professionally wrapped as well.
Both are also certified refs and trained as dojo assistants in the Canadian system, and help teach junior classes as well as my senior class.
Again congradulations it is always a great thing to produce fine kids like that. Thinking about it makes me feel old I have two yondans and a godan that were my students. I must now one of the old farts we used to laugh at.
You are getting there, although I know you still kick some serious butt despite the impending "old fart" status.
We'll be at the Steveston shiai Feb 16th, hope to see you there!
I will definately be there and hope you stay for the Sunday training. Maybe we can do dinner satdurday old man.
I'm not sure about the Sunday training, the u15 boy probably needs to attend as part of making the BC team. Dinner would be great, it's a treat for me to go to Vancouver with all the different places to eat. Bonners Ferry has it's own charms, but a wide variety of places to dine isn't one of them!
Back on topic, as time goes on I'm more and more conviced that TKG is a wonderful base throw to teach and practice. I see students become more and stable and in control on both feet, and start to naturally move to Harai Goshi, Uchi Mata, even Ashi Guruma at times. Of course, they still need help with learning those more complex and difficult throws (and the opportunities to apply them). But the confidence they gain using TKG really gives them a boost in moving towards more complexities.
Most of the kids and adults in my senior class can now throw TKG moving backwards, sideways (with and against the grain), forwards, and circling, to left and right (Sode to opposite of normal side...left throw for righties). I've added in a left STKG from a right grip (opposite for my one lefty), then the combination of the left STKG back to a right TKG (or other throw as they fell best) for when uke avoids the first attempt, or to continue to the left with a left hand throw if that as well.
So there is a nice progression to be had, one of many, of course, that builds to one possible system of attack, plus kumi kata that works into the same thing.
I used to use Seoi Nage after O Goshi, but found that the proper general use of tsurite was not happening. This was partially due to my own lack of understanding and also teaching seoi nage as I had done it for years, adapted to my own body and capabilities, and partially because the tsurite of Seoi Nage is ideally kind of a two part motion. In TKG, one does uses the tsurite the same way initially as in the final throw, so it cuts out a step. Plus, that use of tsurite (and the general tsurikomi/tai sabaki/body shape(?)) is a generalized form applicable most judo throws one way or another.
OK, enought content to cover our probably better in PM stuff!
What do you think?