Posted On:10/19/2012 3:15pm
Hi. I've got a slight problem with my Judo stance. I much prefer to have me left foot fowards, it just feels more natural. Unfortunately, I also prefer a right handed grip. I've been doing Judo for 5 months or so and I think I should correct this problem before becomes permanent. Do I need to change my stance? Thanks!
Posted On:10/19/2012 3:17pm
Right hand on collar, right foot forward. Left hand on collar, left foot forward.
No two ways about it I'm afraid. Either change your dominant hand or change your feet.
Posted On:10/19/2012 3:21pm
Yeah, I suspected as much. My stance just feels wrong at the moment. With left foot fowards and a right handed grip, turning in darn hard.
Not sure which way to go. Changing my dominant hand is going to be hard as I've drilled all the techniques right handed. But, having my right foot forward feels so wrong.
I do find ippon seoi nage easier left handed, and I naturally prefer falling on my left, so perhaps I should go that way.
Posted On:10/19/2012 3:27pm
Assuming you're a white belt or on the white side of green belt. It's going to be best for your long term development, to learn to stand 'Judo style' rather than train yourself to switch dominant hands.
All the muscle and co-ordination you'll have developed in your upper body due to striking right handed will be un-done if you switch to grappling left handed.
Easier to re-train the lower body.
Posted On:10/19/2012 3:32pm
I'm a red belt, which is the first belt after white here in the UK. Basically means I'm a noob.
What you say makes sense. I've done alot of work on the upper body movement to take balance etc and I remember how hard it was learning this.
Still, as I've just started and if it is better in the long run, I am happy to take the harder path and change my dominant hand. But yes, I guess changing my lower body would be easier.
Posted On:10/19/2012 3:51pm
I'm familiar with the BJA grading system, lol...
Mate, seriously, just put your right foot forwards.
If you need to just get a pair of shoes on the floor at home and then practice going from feet level, to right foot on the peak of the triangle and then bringing your other foot in, comme ca:
Best to tape yourself whilst doing it and then review the footage afterwards to see how badly you fucked up and then improve.
Absolute best is to turn up to the club 15 minutes early or stay 15 minutes late and get a dan grade to supervise you doing it.
Posted On:10/19/2012 5:37pm
Thanks for the advice. I will ensure that my right foot is forwards during my class tomorrow.
Posted On:10/19/2012 6:43pm
Posted On:10/19/2012 6:49pm
Yeah, hane goshi was my tokui waza 50 years ago but it demonstrates at least one of a few techniques using the method you describe, so use it to your advantage. It is a difficult technique and in a few years you may master it.
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Posted On:10/20/2012 10:03am
Style: Kodokan Judo
Dusty, that's not even what the guy was writing about. That entry to Hane Goshi is't something a guy with less than a year in Judo would be working on.
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