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Nagekomi and randori

Like most all martial arts, judo has two main forms of practice - kata (forms practice) and randori (sparring or freeplay).  Nagekomi is a form of kata practice in which certain forms of throws are repeated, or drilled.  Here is a video of some of my judo kids doing some nagekomi followed by some randori.____________ Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.
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Heads-up: drills ARE kata

Martial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo (6 years ago)

Photo courtesy of Judo Club Tellin There is this perpetual debate about whether kata are worth a darn as a training method. Some modern martial artists poo-poo kata in favor of drills, proudly claiming that their martial art is supe... Read Post

Junokata and randori

Martial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo (3 years ago)

When judo was young, back in the 1880's, the randori practice and concept was what made it unique and special. The ancient jujitsu schools from which judo was derived were predominantly kata arts. They had limited or no concept of r... Read Post

Your favorite part of judo

Martial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo (4 years ago)

Judo is not just throws. It also includes matwork, chokes, jointlocks, self-defense material. It is a very diverse art that can be practiced through drills, randori (sparring), or kata. It can be profitably practiced in a competitiv... Read Post


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