Thread: Fundamentals of Judo - Hips
10/24/2010 8:39am, #11
If you try and discourage this method of developing hip power what alternatives do you use? Or do you not see it as a method of developing hip power?
As far as speed goes I always make people start of doing smooth slow uchikomi because then they can concentrate on getting good tsurkiomi often poor tusrikomi is a result of trying to go too fast and sacrificing good technique. Once people are proficient then I get them to do fast uchikomi, three man uchikomi etc... However, I introduce the hip power thing whilst still in the smooth and steady stage because you can concentrate better on using your hips and lower body to generate power whilst going smooth and slow and still get good repetitions in.
10/24/2010 6:13pm, #12
It's away of understanding how power is "handed-off" from hips to hands. To try to generate a throw solely using muscle recruitment ignores how the total body is utilized in a throw. I think there is a way to progress from the larger, pendulum-like motions into smaller, quicker snap-motions but there is little decent explanation that comes from the general Judo public. Thank you Judoka_UK for posting this.
btw, I mostly use pitching mechanics to train/explain throws. There is a lot of practical information to be had. For instance: a pitch out of the windup is a larger movement, out of the stretch is a smaller movement; pitchers tend to isolate into three count-movements before delivery or two count movements. etcMany things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become totally ignorant.
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10/25/2010 1:59am, #13
In my experience, if I am teaching the technical aspects of the throw correctly, then the basics of generating power from the hips/hara will be there. What I have found is that concentrating on that "too soon" (which will vary from student to student) basically confuses. Plus, I think a person has to have decent "Judo" coordination before they can focus more on the specifics of "hip power". There is so much going on in learning a throw, even at a very basic level, I try not to over explain things.
I find myself doing wind up stuff as well at time, as you do, particularly when practicing static uchikomi (but I don't do a lot of those). I have found that static uchikomi when done correctly are actually more difficult to do than just throwing uke. It takes more coordination to stop in the middle of a throw than it does to just finish the throw!
10/25/2010 2:27am, #14