Report Judo Trip to Holland, Netherlands

Fri 10th February 2017:
Venue: Sportschool – Fitnesscentrum, Richard De Bijl & Chita Gross

11:00 – 13:00: Private coaching, Richard gave private class to Irish judokas
Judo etiquette: white t shirt for women! Belt; keep the tips up
Standing rei and kneeling rei, hand position, feet position and separation of the knees (one fist for women and two fists for men).
Tsugi ashi steps, ayumi ashi steps, yoko tsugi ashi steps
Ukemi: side breakfall, judo roll (back on to both feet, not over one knee!)
Ouchi gari: tsugi ashi, tsugi ashi with circle reap, footwork with kumi kata, uchi komi, side step to draw uke step and apply ochi gari – execute throw with perfect timing to reap before uke places foot on the mat.
Ne-waza sequence: kesa gatame, uke tries escape, tori counters with ushiro kesa gatame, uke frees trapped hand, tori switches to yoko shiho gatame, uke grabs skirt and trousers, tori switches to tate shiho gatame,  uke wraps one of tori’s legs with legs, tori frees leg and applies kata shiho gatame, uke pushes trapped arm across toris face, tori applies kesa gatame on the other side from the start of sequence.
Ne-waza demonstration: Richard emphasises Uke must look to escape and tori must react to counter escape.
Wrap up: Shuhari concept (teach by instruction, set up and step back, self learning
16:30 – 18:00: Observe coaching
Childrens class ~U12′s approximately 25 children on the mat. Young Japanese coach gives class. Children have good discipline and are attentive.
Games involving groups of three, 2 players either side of mat, other player in centre. Players rotate leap-frogging on one side and throwing from the other side of the mat.
Ne waza turn over technique, uke on all fours, tori kneeling from front grips collar back of neck and takes underarm while forward rolling to turn over uke. Nice technique and children demonstrate proficiency.
Randoori tachi waza: similar to children’s randori in Ireland.

18:00 – 19:00: Randori
Young Japanese coach gives class supported by another young Dan grade.
Hard randori class with young (late teens and early twenties, mix of Dan gradeS and higher kyu). Young teens also on matt. Total judokas ~20
Warm up: pull/push down tatami with push ups and run back. Uchi Komi with sit up mixed. Leap from and nage komi in groups of three.
Randori: In general Irish judoka largely competitive in randori. However, young japanese coach (de ashi barai, tai otoshi) & one of the heavier dan grades (ko soto gari) are both players we can learn much from
Technique: Same ne waza turn over technique as U12′s class but includes progression to shime waza
19:00 – 20:30: Technical class
Marcel takes class supported by Richard. Older judokas on tatami, large class total judokas ~40
Tsugi ashi steps, ayumi ashi steps, yoko tsugi ashi
Ukemi: side break fall, judo roll (back on to both feet, not over one knee!)
Moving uchi komi, emphasizing drawing on style as in harai goshi in 3 set of NageNo Kata
Randori: Ne waza randori, irish judokas competitive in randori.

Sat 11th February 2017:    
Venue: Yuwa Sport, Kortestede 2-c, 2543 VK Den Haag (The Hague)

10:00 – 11:00: Observe and participating in coaching: Sebastian coaches young children. Small class
11:00 – 12:00: Observe and participating in coaching: Sebastian coaches U12′s, approx ~12 juniors
Forward rolls over sticks, Push pull hopping games, for balance and strength.
Technique: Tachi Waza – Hop into harai goshi, harai goshi with collar grip, round the back grips
Technique: Ne Waza – escape from guard, sweep from guard and come on top. Randori, tachi waza & ne waza.
12:00 – 12:30: Private class: Sebastian coaches Irish judoka
Technique: Tani Otoshi – arm across abdomen, outstretch leg, sit down. Throw in diagonal direction. Key aspect is grip to set up throw. Same sided grip with Uke arm lock up. Tani Otoshi as counter to Seoi Nage, short side step is key for making throw effective. Tani Otoshi variations including trousers grip (not for competition!). Switch from tani otoshi to kata guruma.
Technique: roll over from guard position. Similar to juji gatame from guard but involving sweeping leg action. Push over from guard – bend leg into abdomen post up on arm on same side as bent leg and drive hip through to push uke over.

Sun 12th February 2017:
Venue: Sporthal De Walvis, Van Loenenlaan 1, 1945 TB Beverwijk

10:00 – 15:00: The National Kata Championships.
Katas included: Ju-No-Kata, Kime-No-Kata, Goshin Jitsu and Katame-No Kata.
Morning: Kata elimination rounds. 5 mats all katas demonstrated.
Midday: Judo show – teams of 6 mixing judo and dance. A very interesting opportunity for deeper engagement for our young judoka. Full Demonstration of Itsutsu No Kata by Richard as Tori.
Afternoon: Kata finals in all kata categories.

Venue: Sportschool – Fitnesscentrum, Richard De Bijl & Chit
19:30 – 21:30: Kata training Tsugi ashi steps, ayumi ashi steps, yoko tsugi ashi, Irish judoka split from Dutch judoka and receive kata training from Richard.
Kata training 1: Nage No Kata – Okuri Ashi Barai emphasing tori and uke roles
Kata training 2: Ju No Kata – Ikkyo sequence
Irish judoka partner with dutch judoka and practice kata of their choice, John and Marcel – Uke otoshi detail on throw and breakfall landing.

Suggestions for improvement:
Promotion of summer school – greater attendance of senior judoka and coaches mentioned many times by both Richard and Sebastian. Indeed, Richard remarked that when he comes to Galway he would like to see coaches from all around Ireland attending to the summer camp in order to teach/learn the katas. He promoted the katas to be the way to go as senior judoka. Richard spoke about two trees and a ladder in the middle. The ladder is the way of acquiring strength and knowledge from both trees to go higher in judo.

Overall, I had a great judo learning experience, we validated our skills as coaches of junior judoka, my eyes were opened to Kata as way to stay with judo till my senior years and we strengthened our relationships with Dutch judo. Richard and Sebastian are looking forward to coming over for the summer school. Both requested on several occasions for greater senior and coach attendance. It was very positive experience; exiting, interesting and great opportunity to develop our Judo a bit further in randori, katas and competition techniques. The interaction with the judokas in Holland at both centres: Sebastian and Richard, was stimulating and inspiring for both sides. We were very well welcomed and looked after. They showed great attitude to one another really helping each other with judo. Richard gave us a pin symbol of SATORI; union of body, mind and spirit. We got time to do judo, watch their national katas competition, eat (Asian, Japanese, Italian and Dutch food), visit museum, sightseeing, and snow ball fighting …it was cold! -Sara

First of all BIG THANK YOU to John Creaven for all his work during the years with the Galway Judo club. Thanks to his dedication and passion for judo we were able to attend to this inspiring trip. Thanks to Brian for his great work and organisation during this trip as well as his easy going attitude. Also thanks to John Milroy for his disposition for driving and organising the van at the airport also for his input in organising the trip schedule. Thanks to all for creating a great team with good coordination and cooperation.

Next steps:
Develop knowledge in performance and integration of the katas in order to be part of European Kata tournaments. Stimulate children with music performances during their building up judo techniques. This can also be used for promoting judo among young children and fundraising. Initiate and promote small sessions of randori in Ireland with the purpose of technique practice to achieve confident judokas with higher levels of injury free judo. Maintain our good relationship with Holland. Nearer future: Visit Connemara Centre at Luigi’s Judo club. Further future: Visit Judo Kodokan, Japan. We may look into ways for making the future plans affordable welcoming new ideas!

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