Sunday, 13 July 2008
The seniors are in fact 15 - 18 years olds, and including myself there were 7 of us - highest ranked judoka on the night being Johnathan McGowan, a very promising up and coming star.
Not sure who it was, but during the technique practices my ribs took a knock and I am in agony right now - just a lesson to remind me that I'm a 40-year old and not a teenager! Certainly felt good though throwing morote seoinage again, and though I probably only say it myself, it seemed technically correct as well.
Some randori finished off the seniors session before some fun with the youngsters - its amazing how much came back to me once I was actually partnered up; and I have to say, the two blue belt girls from Long Tower - what a fight they put up!
Mental note to self - practice counter throws ready for the next session!
Saturday, 28 June 2008
In Judo competition the objective is to score an ippon (one full point). Once such a score is obtained the competition ends.
If the time runs out with neither contestant scoring an ippon, then the referee will award the win to the contestant who has the next highest score. For example a contestant with one yuko would win against an opponent who scored 4 kokas.
Ippon : An ippon can be scored by one of the following methods:
Executing a skillful throwing technique which results in one contestant being thrown largely on the back with considerable force or speed.
Maintaining a pin for 25 seconds.
One contestant cannot continue and gives up.
One contestant is disqualified for violating the rules (hansoku-make).
Applying an effective armbar or an effective stranglehold (this does not usually apply for children).
Waza-ari: A waza-ari can be earned by: 1) a throwing technique that is not quite an ippon (for example the opponent lands only partly on the back, or with less force than required for ippon); 2) holding one contestant in a pin for 20 seconds; or 3) when the opponent violates the rules (shido) three times.
Yuko : 5 points The number of yuko scores is unlimited. If during a contest one judoka scores 3 yukos; the othera waza-ari, than waza-ari wins. The points are more important than the number of scores.
A throw that is partially lacking in two of three elements necessary for ippon
A hold-down for 15-19 seconds
Opponent got two penalties
Derry City Grassroots Development Officer Jim Toland who is himself 3 times world masters champion and Northern Ireland coach
Jim is assisted by 2 times world masters champion and commonwealth silver medallist, Dr Lisa Bradley.
The club is assisted by instructors from other clubs in the L'Derry area.
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