How to win in Judo: Combinations, Grip Fighting, and Everything in Between

How to win in Judo: Combinations, Grip Fighting, and Everything in Between


Hey what’s up guys, Preston here with another
episode of Grappler Going Abroad. What I’m
talking about today are complex Judo techniques
and theories. This is more in regards to training
methods that need to be utilized to be able
to be successful in high level competition
or shiai. Now to start this off, I need to
talk about something called Tokui waza, which
is your favorite technique. You need a favorite
technique that is suitable to your body style.
For instance, I have very short legs, a very
long torso, and very short arms. I’m pretty
heavy because of my power lifting background
and my wrestling background for my height.
I’m only 5’8 but I’m 90kg, 198lbs. My Tokui
Waza, my favorite technique is Seoinage. It’s
very suitable because I can drop fast because
my hips are low, but my torso is long enough
to to lock in the grip that I need and tether
them to my body. I need to have the proper
Kumi Kata, grip fighting, to set up for my
Seoinage. Kumi Kata is very important because
without proper grip fighting you’re going
to struggle to really set up your Tokui Waza.
For me, I need a same side, left on right,
under lapel. So is Tai Sabaki, which is body
movement or body displacement. My movement
needs to set them up to load themselves for
the throw. Between those two things: Kumi
Kata and Tai Sabaki, sometimes I can set up
the throw, sometimes I can’t. Against high
level competitors, I’m not going to be able
to utilize my Tokui Waza with just Kumi Kata
and Tai Sabaki. I need something called Renraku
Waza or Renzoku Waza, which is combination
techniques which either leads into my Tokui
Waza or exiting out of my Tokui Waza. Generally,
they tell you that you need to reserve your
Tokui Waza for whenever you really want to
score, like your ace in the hole. If you separate
all of these things: Kumi Kata, Tai Sabaki,
Renraku Waza, you can be successful at high
level competition, but not as successful as
if you combine them all together. If you utilize
the “grip and go” mentality for Kumi Kata,
Tai Sabaki, and the Renraku Waza. You form
together what we refer to as Saki No Saki,
which is a utilization of Kumi Kata, Tai Sabaki,
and Renraku Waza for a successful attack for
a score. The concept of Saki No Saki is very,
very important, because it coincides with
what we call in Wrestling, chain Wrestling.
One technique fails, you need to be able to
go in for another technique. If one fails
you’re going to have another one open up.
You have to be able to switch to that technique
at a moment’s notice, which is the very essence
of Saki No Saki. Now going back to Renraku
Waza or Renzoku Waza, to be able to properly
utilize this, you cannot being going into
your first attack, whether it’s your Tokui
Waza or another technique leading into your
Tokui Waza half assed. You cannot do it. You’re
going to get countered because you’re displacing
your own body, you’re off-balancing yourself
for a technique that you really have no intention
of scoring with. So that brings me to one
last technique, which is Omote, a sincere
attack. Every attack in your Renraku Waza
needs to be a sincere attack unless you’re
just tapping the foot to keep from getting
a shido. Then again, that can even get you
in trouble if you have no Omote for that initial
attack. So we have these few terms that I’ve
been talking about: Tokui Waza; favorite technique,
Omote; sincere attack, Kumi Kata; grip fighting,
Tai Sabaki, Renraku Waza, and Saki no Saki.
Most importantly, if all those things fail,
you don’t get the score, what you have is
what we call Kaeshi Waza. At this point, if
you initiate a successful Renraku and you
still weren’t able to get a score. You can
hit them with Kaeshi Waza because generally
they’re going to try and counter you exiting
the series of attacks. So using this method,
this strategy in shiai can be very, very helpful.
It can lead to a very successful shiai career.
I haven’t mastered this myself. Even though
I’m a shodan, it doesn’t mean mastery of Judo.
I’m still learning how to utilize Saki no
Saki in my own Judo training. So hopefully
this video was helpful to you guys and hopefully
you can figure out a way to utilize your Tokui
Waza by utilizing the method of Saki No Saki.
But that’s all I got for you guys today. If
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5 thoughts on “How to win in Judo: Combinations, Grip Fighting, and Everything in Between”

  1. Awesome video, man. My favorite technique is probably Morote-Seoi-Nage, possibly dropping. Personally, I like Big Throws chained with Ouchigari. What do you like to do ?

  2. Renraku waza = the sum of several techniques such that they become a single flowing action, i.e. the flow from kumi kata to kuzushi and so forth, including kansetsu-waza or shime-waza, if possible.

    Renzoku waza = combination technique (or consecutive attacks in striking arts like karate, kenjutsu, and kendo), for example how to transition from failed hiza guruma attempt to tai otoshi or o-soto gari.

  3. Hi . Im about 6.3 and weigh 80 kg . I have almost no muscle and cannot even do one pushup. I have long legs and arms and im light on my feet . I do well when we are ground sparring at the dojo but suck at executing throws . So im planning to move to jiu jitsu in about two years but for now i just want to better my throws . What should i do and where can i get a training program to become more explosive

  4. Hmmm…This makes a lot of sense and gives me a new perspective on the failings in my Randoi, I'm going to have to start mapping some stuff out, and see where it takes me, as I definitly haven't developed sufficient instinct to just pull offense out of my ass, "Chain-Wrestling" that's a good way to think about it.

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