Posted On:7/12/2007 8:52am
Judo International is located in Perth, Western Australia, in the suburb of Osborne park. It's readily accessible by car or train from the city centre (around 10 minutes).
Judo International focuses on sportive judo, with emphasis on stand-up throwing.
Standing : Groundwork is approx 80% : 20%
Classes run 6 days a week, with between 8 and 15 people on the mat. The monthly fee ($65) includes access to a well appointed gym (weights, treadmill, cardio, power-cage etc).
Warm up is usually a very light and friendly game of volleyball or soccer, with some joint mobility exercises thrown in at the ends and perhaps a round of two of fit ins (uchikomi). The majority of the class is then devoted to nagekomi (throwing into crashmats).
Technique instruction is usually done on a "if-then" scenario: if he does this, you do this but if he counters like this, you follow up like that. Throws are done to completion with full force into crash mats, so as to minimize injuries. Opponent resistance varies from none to slight to full, so you get a chance to work against common obstacles. Questions are encouraged and different ideas are explored. Finish with timed throws (see below) and cool down.
Monday, Thursday and Saturday classes are usually more rigorous and finish with randori (sparring). Remaining nights feature timed throw for throw crashmat work - usually 20 rounds of 30 seconds (10 minutes). In any case, both leave you dripping with sweat.
Weekend clinics focus on specialized topics such a refereeing, kata, ground work combinations, gripping strategies etc.
All in all, a good place to train if your interested in developing a strong stand-up grappling game. Head instructor Peter Middleton focuses on judo that leads to successful throws under competition stress, utilizing a very European (ie: in close and scrappy) approach to judo.
Posted On:7/12/2007 9:14am
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