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Here’s a question that I ran across the other day.
I’m a Shodan in Judo, and a Nidan in Jujitsu. On the weekends when I am able to travel back home from college, I am an assistant instructor at Fatheree’s Jujitsu. When I am assisting in coaching and I am trying to communicate to the beginner students that you can’t be 100% defensive all the time and I’m trying to make them become more offensive. What are some good ways or drills that you use to make your students confident in their offensive abilities? Thanks!
This is certainly a valid question and one that I read at a location called the Judo Forum (http://www.JudoForum.com)
Answer from Dr. Ferguson, The Judo Crusader (http://www.TheJudoCrusader.com):
There are many things that one can look at when it comes to this particular question and the answer which must be provided for it. Immediately, from an educational perspective, I see the impediments to the learning process, or at least what I can perceive or ascertain them as being, since I really don’t have the opportunity to speak to the person asking the question directly. As in all cases I have to make some assumptions based upon the “givens” as any solution oriented person would do.
Therefore, after doing such mental meandering, machinating and ruminating here’s what I would suggest.
1. Stop doing randori for about a month.
Perform lots of dynamic movements such as rolls, falls, cartwheels roundoffs .
Then perform nagekomi and nagekomi drills. Scratch the uchikomi for the next 30 days.
Your clients have to go through the process of desensitization when it comes to falling and being thrown. I’m sure the falling part is not a problem from Jiujitsu, its the throwing part or being thrown by another person against your will that is the problem.
This may still be the case, but with the cart wheels, roundoff and rolls, they may not feel like they have not control even after a throw is initiated. (Even though in randori you really don’t want them spinning out of everything, they need to believe that they have a viable and safe option to falling other than playing stiff and holding on.)
Then gradually move to the sliding foot sweep drills (throws). Then sliding osoto drills, sliding seoinage drills. The sliding seoinage drill will be especially helpful because, unlike uchikomi and walking nagekomi, the sliding drill will force them to get their hips all the way across and thus commit.
Their minds have to be trained differently, that’s all.
I’ve also done randori with a t-shirt on where you grab the lapel area with and the sleeve with only your forefinger and thumb. This stops people from playing so tight. I learned this in BJJ. I had one class where it was all drilling and you could only hold on with your forefinger and thumb. if you didn’t not move your hips in that class, you were done.
Those are some other ideas you can incorporate.
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