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Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 3

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Yesterday was to be a day (afternoon) of technical seminar in preparation for the grading today. The seminar was not a requirement, but we thought that it would be a good experience, especially for Mike, who had never been to a grading, nor had seen this dojo.

From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., the senior judoka gave instruction and pointers to the people who were to be graded and their uke. It was intense and busy, with no breaks whatsoever.

Since we had been basically teaching ourselves how to do everything, with research on the web, Dave was relieved that we had no errors in technique. What we didn’t need, though, was the shinmeisho no waza, which had seventeen new throws. It turns out that this isn’t required until third degree.

At the appointed end time, instead of releasing everyone, the judges asked if any groups wanted to be tested on their kata right then. Numerous groups took the judges up on their offer. So while they were tested on kata, why not also just complete the grading? So instead of going back to the dojo for his grading today, Dave tested yesterday and other than official paperwork, he is now a nidan.   

Congratulations, Dave, and many thanks to Mike for all his hard work, thousands of breakfalls, and unfailing good humour.

Click here to go to Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 1

Click here to go to Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 2


January 18, 2009

Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 2

Monday, January 12th, 2009

This past Sunday was the last full training session that Dave and Mike will have before the nidan grading next Sunday.  Mike’s injury is better, but not perfect. Both guys seem to be thinking too much about their techniques, kata, and so on. 

Now that we’ve gone through all the requirements multiple times, such that some techniques are becoming muscle memory, we concentrated on small changes to make throws or breakfalls better. 

After walking through the kata once and then doing the full kata, incorporating the throws, we discussed what seemed to be problem areas. We set up our improvised crash mats again to work on the those throws and resulting breakfalls - ura nage, uchi mataharai goshisumi gaeshi, and kata guruma. Ura nage is the throw in which Mike was injured, so we wanted to ensure that there were no lingering problems. Dave also felt that he should be landing differently as he threw Mike, but we practiced many times and ended up doing the throw exactly the way we’d started. With uchi mata and harai goshi, Dave could do one side well. The other side had a crooked leg in both techniques, causing the uchi mata to look like hane goshi, while the harai goshi just didn’t work well. In both cases, hip placement was at issue and with minor changes moving in, the problems were corrected. With sumi gaeshi, Dave felt that he was falling to his side when this is a back sacrifice throw, so he threw himself a few times falling straight back and then threw Mike to ensure that he would retain that position with the uke.  With kata guruma (as with tsurikomi goshi, and ippon seoi nage) we worked on Mike’s maintaining a super-straight body which would make the throw and breakfall look better.

We videotaped one run-through of the kata and then watched the tape to determine if there were anything we had missed.  It looks better each time we tape. There are still minor problems, but since we don’t have our own dojo and cannot work on this every day, it’s going well.

After walking through the kata again, we went through ground techniques to give Mike a break. Basic judo throws and the shinmeisho no waza were next. There are three more partial sessions for the nidan grading training and then the weekend. JudoOntario is offering a technical seminar for grading participants on Saturday afternoon, which I think the guys will attend. The actual grading is on Sunday in a club about an hour from here. The last time Dave attended the gradings there (as uke for Chris’s shodan grading) there were four mat areas set up in order to do four gradings at once, two judges per grading. I’d love to be there to tape the grading for posterity, but there are no visitors.

Click here to go to Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 1

Click here to go to Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 3


January 13, 2009