Judo at UofT Mississauga (quick analysis)
So, I've only had two classes, but I signed up for the year anyways simply because i love being on the mat.
Anyways, I wrestled in high school, and practice was 2 hours a day every day after school, and i remember on the first day we learned a technique, and we went straight into free rolling. And that's how every practice was, learn a move -- then kill each other. I went home in pain every day and loved it.
Now I know it would be unrealistic for me to expect the same out of a judo club, but some of these japan fetishisms can really get to me. instructor: "what do we call the mats?". everyone: "tatame!". me: "uhh... how about mats?".
Admittedly, the technique on the the upper belts is pretty good, at least in throws. But i think only about 3 people there (including these 2 250lb guys) could potentially beat me. Otherwise, they're absolute **** in submissions and pins. My submission knowledge comes entirely from watching mma, and these kids can't even lock a shoulder crank on properly. The guy was "demonstrating" the technique on me, and i refused to tap simply because i woudl not have tapped in a real match.
Anyways, my two biggest gripes right now is that the "white belts" (even though i have more mat time than practically anyone there) aren't allowed to go freestyle. And uhh... the people that do "randori", do so without throwing each other. To me this sounds like the most unrealistic training method ever, since how can you know how good your technique is if you aren't trying to actually throw the person?
It was funny, at the end they let us just keep going with different partners and practicing throw setups, with resistance. Every single person i was able to pummel for double underhooks and i just lifted them up to let them know what i could do.
the place isn't bullshido, but they don't train nearly hard enough for me.