Shirindo Jujutsu: After a weeks holiday, where I consumed Cornish cream tea and pasties to excess, it felt great to get back in the dojo. For the first time since restarting my Martial Arts journey, last night I felt a notable change in my Ukemi-Waza; where before I would throw myself in to rolls, or slam myself to the ground, tonight, with an empty mind, I flowed into the rolls, and dropped my body to the tatami. This hurt considerably less, and looked much more controlled and purposeful.

For the striking drills the class focused on effective striking from a defended clinch/grapple; the aim of this was to teach the Jujutsuka how to effectively disengage from/engage with an opponent who has avoided your grapple, without persistently trying to aim for the same failed grips. This was my favourite Shirindo striking drill to date.

The principles behind last nights Newaza was recognising when to fully commit to a submission when your opponent starts to defend. To drill this principle we looked at two submissions from the guard, the arm bar and the triangle choke. With the opponent defending the submission, or attempting to do so, we focused on utilising effective grips and body control to prevent movement in the opponent, and where able perform a sweep. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform this drill with The Urban Sumo, who I affectionately describe as a cross between Eddie Hall and Gimli; in effect, this meant that my usual advantage of longs legs and flexible hips were countered by his breadth of shoulders/chest and shorter neck. Where this may sound less than ideal for me, and it would be in randori, it allowed me to focus on positioning of my body and movement. I wasn’t allowed to be lazy.

Following the Newaza, we moved on to our standing submissions/throws, where tonight the focus was on drilling the most effective Newaza submissions to transition to once the Uke had hit the tatami. The techniques were as follows:

  1. Ude Osae into omoplata
  2. Ude Garami into Hammer Lock
  3. Shikaku Nage into crucifix lapel choke
  4. Ashi Osae into knee bar/hiza juji gatame
  5. Ude Makikomi into arm bar

Its going to be quite some time before I remember the names of these techniques! Of these, number 1 and number 5 were undoubtedly my favourite, between these two techniques and Seoi Nage, it is apparent that I enjoy grabbing my Uke’s arm for take downs and throws. This warrants deeper consideration.

It feels good to be back in the swing of things now the summer holiday period is over; however, unfortunately I will also be missing this coming Saturdays MMA class. Hopefully next week will be better.



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