Posted On:5/02/2013 9:18pm
Style: Boxing and Judo.
A few months back I saw a flyer for a Judo club near me, and as I was finding college stressful and I was still being unsuccessful with not being a fat bastard I decided to dive it a go. It was dead cheap, so I wasn't expecting much, a couple of quid a lesson.
The people there were a couple to four or five teens depending on the week, one lad who obviously had some problems, two aged chubby blokes, on middle aged, one starting to become 'venerable', all of these were yellow/red belts, one brown belt girl who was apparently under a vow of silence, which made attempting to find out whether I was killing her with my 300lbs arse difficult, she was also either abysmal or didn't even try, one brown belt bloke, 20's, who was short but stocky, a tiny ripped guy, maybe 5 foot or so with an all black gi and belt who warmed up by flipping about the place and another black belt who seemed to be an instructor somewhere else, possibly.
The sensei was also very short, and round, with a janky arm which didn't work, so with all this I wasn't expecting miracles, just a place to start doing MA again and not be a hambeast.
However after some Ukemi and basic stuff, we were started on some combination throws (cannae remember the name) and he said my choices, osoto then kouchi gari followed by a harai, used too much energy, which they quite possibly did, they were just the only throws apart from ogoshi, uranage and the single and double legs that I knew how to do, he then said something which gave me pause, that according to 'goshin jitsu' which was apparently the style I was doing, my Harai was wrong, and that I should do it a different way, which actually just involved me standing right foot forward, as apparently both of us being left forward meant my foot had too far to travel.
Then over the next couple of weeks we devoted a fair amount of time to various self defence maneuvers, some of which seemed legit if a bit superfluous at this point, and some downright bollocks, like the various 'open hand techniques which require no strength and can destroy the bones of unpleasant 20 stone men', which as an unpleasant 20 stone person I doubted, unless they had chronic osteoporosis.
I was also cautioned when the class was invited to shadowbox, though it was called something else, when everyone else started miming bits of what looked like kata or just eye gouging invisible people, I, not knowing what was wanted, started to, well, shadowbox, having actually boxed before. I was then informed that this 'took too much effort' and was unlikely to either blast holes in peoples' faces nor remove their entire head, this lack of lethality being a sticking point, as when faced with a mugger much bigger than oneself it is a good idea to shear off a section of his face with the edge of one's hand and sending it spinning off into the stratosphere.
I was also struck by the continued emphasis on 'too much effort', a commendable aim for the aged, but I, even in my present state of furry corpulence, can actually throw three, four or even five jabs before dying of a coronary, I am keenly aware, though, being big and fat but not actually possessing great physical strength, that it's important not to muscle stuff through, but a lot of it seemed, well, ridiculous, like the emphasis on the one way to harai, never mind that I'm happy to face leftys and rightys as a lefty or righty, which gives four possible foot positions at least.
I rambled a bitty there, so as a tl;dr, here is my 'thing'.
-What is goshin jitsu
-Is it bullshido
-If it isn't, is there any point in sticking around, I'd stay and just ignore the stupid SD bits, but it seems to have leaked into the Judo and now I wonder if the whole thing is tainted.
Posted On:5/02/2013 9:49pm
Welcome to Bullshido and thanks for the entertaining first post, dude with the kindof racist handle. 'Goshin jutsu' means basically 'self defence' in Japanese. It's also the name of one of the Judo katas. It's a very vague term, but from what I know of places that claim it, your experience isn't surprising.
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Posted On:5/03/2013 12:44pm
Heh, no problem, it's from an old episode of South Park, so it's a quote, and as everyone knows a quote means irony and irony means it isn't racist so I win.
So basically it's like one of those places filled with old guys, sociopaths and teenage geeks that show you how to crush windpipes and stuff, but wearing pyjamas.
I only went like 5 times and haven't been in a while as I dropped outta college to look after me mam, but I wondered if it was even worth going back, or wait until I got a job and just go to the MMA place and pay what they want so I can do Judo, Jitz, MT and MMA.
Posted On:5/03/2013 5:44pm
Sounds like a school to avoid.
Posted On:5/04/2013 7:57am
Find another club, mate. Judo is often cheap anyway and there should be more places.
Posted On:5/04/2013 10:41am
Are they by any chance affiliated with the ASMAA? ( AllStylesMartialArtsAssociation )
Posted On:5/04/2013 8:28pm
There is another Judo place near, but it's part of an MMA achool which I'd have to join and cannae afford.
And I have no idea to what it's affiliation is, British Judo Association I think, but beyond that no idea.
Posted On:5/05/2013 5:43am
Style: Holiday Judo
You can check if the club is BJA registered HERE
The BJA is our National Governing Body so at least you know exactly what you'll be getting.
Have a word with one of the trainers at the club; explain your situation and that you are only really interested in the Judo and they may cut you a deal. No one likes turning down business.
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