Review of the Daido Juku (Kudo) seminar 11/21/2006:
My review of the Daido Juku (Kudo) seminar:
(This part was lead by Azuma)
The seminar was run pretty much like an ordinary class would be run. So it was about 20 minutes of warmups. Including front kicks in a forward (zenkutsu dachi), side kicks, and round kicks.
Then basic combinations in a fighting stance. After each set we did a little stretching or jumping to shake out our limbs. During this Azuma corrected little things people were doing doing wrong, mostly people with little to no striking experience. He even went as far as to work with rsobrien's girlfriend on the side, who has no MA experience at all. Then we had a five minute break to drink water or whatever.
(This was part was lead by Igarashi Yuji)
Then we worked basic footwork, basically combinations moving forward and backwards. The footwork drills were very basic, just moving fowards, sideways and backwards, just stressing staying on the balls of you feet. It didn't have a particular feel to it ie boxnig, or Enshin footwork where we would work in getting inside or getting off to an angle. I don't think the simplicity of the footwork is a flaw in the style, it was just time constraints of the seminar.
(Lead by Azuma)
Then we paired up and worked combinations that ended in a takedown (Similar to Enshin) I believe the first technique was a sacrifice hip throw off a hook.
Second was rear trip off a caught round kick then a calf crusher or a calf lock, I don't know the name of the submission. He then showed us the heel hook, because he said some people don't feel the first submission.
We then did a collar choke from mount, I forget from what technique we got into mount (mosty likely a takedown, not the usual guardpass) Then the armbar from mount.
During this Azuma, Igarashi Yuji, and the other Daido Juku blackbelts, went around helping people with the various techniques.
Overall I liked the seminar, even though it seemed very similar to an Enshin class. I was disappointed that we didn't get to see what made Daido Juku different than other KK styles. ie the Space helmets, head butts etc. That was until the Kudo greenbelt had rsobrien put on the helmet and punched him in the head. I put on the helmet and was shown how they do a head butt.