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Here are two really nice videos on how to do a circular okuri ashi into Osoto gari. One of my good friends Liam is the one doing the demonstrations – you will probably see him at the 2024 Olympic Games. but before you watch it check out the first video on HOW to do a circular Okuri ashi first:
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Check out this awesome video just posted by Uk’s Judoka Sampson Sampson
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In this video I show you how to do a fireman’s carry when your opponent keeps the normal leg out of reach. For more gi and no gi setups check out Matts new DVD at http://www.firemanscarry.com    
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Check out this really cool choke option that you can do from the Juji gatame position that I saw from Fernando Salvador. Usually I teach that from the juji gatame (spider web in BJJ) position you can do: – Juji gatame – Uki gatame – Sankaku jime But this video Fernando demonstrates a strangle option that I have never seen before     In his DVD Fernando teach you his Gracie BJJ self defence techniques. Fernando is only 164cm and 55kgs, but he is known for beating bigger, stronger people.
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A few months back I posted a photo of my belt being hung up to dry after being washed and I had a TON of comments from people saying that you don’t wash belts…..which I was super surprised at. Belts, like all training equipment carries germs which can then lead to staph, ringworm etc. I don’t know what your belief system is with washing but here are a few things you should do after training 1- wash your gi 2 – wash your knee pads, elbow pads or any other thing that got sweated on 3 – hand wash your belt. *I just take my belt in the shower and wash it with soap. I don’t put it in the washing machine 4 – put anti septic on all cuts and abrasions 5 – cover all cuts and abrasions 6- use soap in the shower 7 – help your coach mop the mats 8- share this pic below so your grappler friends know what’s up Enjoy, Matt  
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Hi there, This week while vegeing out on Facebook i came across this post by the BJJ and Fighting Mastermind John Danaher. I liked it so much so thought i’d share it with you. John is pretty much talking about the fact that we don’t have to train 110% every single lesson, but instead vary the intensity and by doing so you can do Judo for longer opposed to stopping at 25 years old, which is what often happens with Judoka. But if you can LOWER the intensity, AND have fun, you will learn a heap and not wake up sore the next day. This means you can the go to Judo again and again, without needing a day off in between. Variations in intensity: When you have a training room full of talented athletes many assume that every sparring session must look like the world championships. In fact I much prefer to limit the amount of really hard sparring the athletes partake in. Of course it’s good to go hard every so often and test yourself, especially when competition is coming up. But continuous hard sparring lead to two undesirable effects – injury and technical stagnation. When we fight hard against someone of similar size and skill level we usually have to fall back on our favorite moves to prevail. Only when we spar in a less competitive setting do we relax a little and try new moves and tactics and thus make technical progress. Surprisingly then, you will often see more outright physical intensity in a beginners class, where the students lack the technical depth to play a finesse game and have to go as hard as they can, then you will in a more advanced class, where the athletes know how to control their pace. In fact, even in a room full of killers like this, the majority of your sparring sessions should be with people below your skill level so that you can work on new skills in a setting conducive to learning. There is always a chance to go hard when you need it – but don’t neglect your experimental sparring – for that is where much of your progress comes from. Here (referencing an image in the post), Gordon Ryan spars with Craig Jones, even in this case, unless there is a specific need for intensity, the primary emphasis is on skill development rather than banging heads and going as hard as possible.” – John Danaher  So all in all take it easy, have fun, and stop trying to kill each other.
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Last week Neil Adam’s released his brand new package called Tai otoshi: The ultimate study and when I saw that Neil released a new package I got straight onto it, I reckon I was one of the first people to buy the product. But before we get into it I thought id share with you why I bought this package in particular. My history with Tai otoshi: When we do Judo we are always looking for the perfect ippon. The ippon throw where you throw your opponent with literally no effort…and for me, that throw was tai otoshi. Back when I was training at Marist Judo Clu, at about 7 years old I threw me opponent with a perfect tai otoshi. I pushed, he pushed back and I entered, turning my body so quickly, and he went over my leg as light as a feather. It was aweomse. I still remember that feeling to this day and it’s that feeling that I chase even now,when trainng almost 20 years later. My opponent felt as if wasn’t even inside his jacket, and iwas just throwing the jacket on its own. But from that day on my tai otoshi has never felt the same, it has always felt like it was a touch wrong. I still hit the tai otoshi, but not like tha day. ten over the years I got taught so many different forms of tai otoshi: – feet sqaure – feet split stance – feet flat – one foot flat and one toe up – elbow in the armpit – elbow across like a morote seoi nage – top grip entries – pull the sleeve down – pull the sleeve out and then down – and the list goes on And to be honest now I don’t know what to believe and so I have been teaching what I think is correct since then. So when I saw that Neil had a tai otoshi video out then I jumped on it. Especially because the launch price was $50 off. Straight way after purchasing you log into the effective judo database similar to my University of judo database. From here I noticed that I could download the Morote seoi nage and kuzushi videos as well as the Game of throws bonus material as well. Which was super cool. How the package is delivered and features: When you click the Tai otoshi study button you are shown a breakdown of the entire package. As you can see is it broken up really well. The videos run from 90 seconds up to 12 minutes each. and when you click the video it goes to the video page. From here we can stream the video (which is really fast – even on mobile). On the video page you can make it full screen, edit volume and also change the quality of the video if your internet is a bit slower. Another neat thing is that the playlist is on the same screen so you can easily navigate to other videos quickly.   Once the video finished it will autoplay the next video in the playlist which I think is a cool feature. Lastly a cool, but not needed feature is for you to be able to “mark video as complete’ section of the site. This is great for this package because it is so long, you will know where you are up to next time you log on.   What I loved: Cost: I bought this when it first came out so $47USd was awesome!!and I do think $97 is awesome considering the fact that this video has ver 2 hours of content from one of the best exponents of it. the amount of detail Neil goes into is incredible, heck there is about 120 minuets of video here. Database was great: Neil used an easy to use database to host the videos so well done. The Filming work was great.  First off the video work is doing really well. The camera moves, but not in a way that is sickening when you watch it or shaky. It is jst done in a way that is smooth and easy viewing. Here is a sneak peek of one of the videos:   Cuts were good The cuts between some of the videos is done quickly and easily. In addition the intro to each video is about 5 seconds, so thats not too bad. The feet adjustment video & Attacking stances video In these two videos Neil talks about the problem with static uchikomi and how we often need to adjust or feet accordingly,mainly because our opponent moves slightly in which case we need to re-adjust a bit. Neil explains so so so well the importance of the fact that your entry and footwork must be different if you are fighting an opposite stanced opponent. This video really helped solidify what the heck I am doing with my legs and hips when doing taiotoshi and I cannot wait to go to the club and try out his suggestions. The tai sabaki video section (12 mins long) This I think was one of the best part of this entire video. Neil goes into details where you feet should be when doing static, moving backwards, moving forwards and sideways tai otoshi’s. He shows it in a way that us as coaches can now teach our students by doing it solo first. He starts out by working on the feet, then hips, hands and then the head. He talks about how far away your elbow should be from your body, he talks about ho to do it with uchikomi bands and also ho to have equal balance between each feet. I think this video in itself (for me) was worth the price of the package on its own. Uchikomi section  This section was another gold mine. In this section Neil starts off by showing ou how he does static AND moving uchikomi. yopu can see in this video how his […]
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Here is a greta video on some useful uchikomi tips by Former 2 X World Champion Okada Sensei filed at UWA Judo club in Perth Australia,
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check out this sweet Compeititon Newaza compilation on YT. It contains a ton of popular newaza transitions that all comp Judoka need to know. Enjoy,  
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