A huge round of applause to Jason for stepping out at the Senior Nationals, only his second judo tournament ever and first time fighting in a Visually Impaired (VI) division. Jason fought best 2 out of 3 with Dartanyon Crockett (2012 Paralympic Bronze Medalist). “It was a tough match,” commented Mark Smith, Jason’s VI Coach for the event, after the first bout which ended with Jason playing uke to a backwards pin. The second match was a quick ippon with sasae by Dartanyon. Waiting to receive their medals, Dartanyon made a point to hug Jason’s shoulders, pose for pictures and give him some personal advice which we all hope he takes to heart: don’t give up!
As for Christina, this was her third consecutive trip to the Senior Nationals and her first time leaving without a medal. Disappointed at going 0-4 in the +78kg F Senior Elite division and unable to compete in the Senior Open and Master’s divisions due to illness, she still remains optimistic about her competitive future. “In this division you have to bring your A-game or you get buried. I think everyone could see this was a D-game day for me,” Christina explained with a shrug, “I’ve got a lot to do, but I’ll be back next year.”
Congrats to everyone for going out there and fighting the tough fight, and don’t give up!
The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy is closed today (Monday, March 25, 2013) due to snow so we will not be having judo class. But don’t let your evening go to waste! You can do some sit-ups and pushups, practice tying your belt correctly (here is a video tutorial on the basic knot), and review some judo terminology, rules, promotional requirements, and upcoming events to keep on track.
The following is a basic general introduction to the rules and conventions of competitive judo. NOTICE: There are some variations in rule specifics based on division, location, and sanctioning organization so be sure to check the event’s official rules.
On February 16, 2013, five Senior competitors stepped out on the mats to represent the Baltimore Judo Club at the Virginia Open Championships in Annandale, Virginia.
Whether you’re just looking at trying a few judo classes or have been practicing for years, it is important to take time to think about how Judo can benefit you most, decide on some clear goals for yourself and share them with your instructor.
Here are just a few questions to think about to get you started…
The Maryland Open Championship will be held January 26th at the Ritchie Colliseum in College Park, Maryland.
On December 9, 2012, a bunch of Baltimore Judo folks participated in a Grappler’s Clinic headed by Judo, Sambo and Wrestling Champion Nina Cutro-Kelly. The clinic was a good mix of beginner and advanced grapplers, and in the second session we were also joined by National Wresting Champion Marina Lambert and BJJ Worlds medalist Kenneth Brown.
Over the two 2-hour sessions, Nina taught several series of grappling techniques including: wake gatame, kazure hiza gatame, ude garami (“kimora” and “americana”), yoko wakare (“japanese whizzer”), kazure juji gatame, “the chinese roll,” “wrong foot sweep,” “wrong way armbar,” “the hat trick,” and “triple jeopardy.”
Each technique showed a quirky yet practical sensibility clearly honed by Nina’s years of experience fighting high-level open-weight competitors in multiple grappling arts.
[Check out a brief video clip of the clinic here.]
I hope everyone who participated had a great learning experience!