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judoka_uk
1/26/2011 10:29am,
First heard talk of this back in 2009, the BJA were planning to put 'core Judo movements to music' as a gateway activity for getting women into Judo.

I've seen it being used in women's sessions, but this is the first time I have seen it on video.

Its now been rebranded from Judocise to Judo Fit. This is what it looks like:

YouTube - Judo Fit - British Judo's new initiative (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF8ZuMAS65k)

All the exercises are done to aerobics style music with a head instructor leading and calling out the movements just like in your typical women's aerobics class.

Points to anyone who can spot and name the newaza daemon grinning away in the background.

callum828
1/26/2011 10:41am,
I'm usually fairly tolerant with the 'fitness-blast cardio self-defence core toning kick-taebo'-style programmes, but this just seems silly. Do women REALLY need everything done to the strains of Cindi Lauper to learn martial arts?

CoffeeFan
1/26/2011 10:47am,
I actually think this could be a good thing, so long as it is marketed correctly.

A lot of people go enjoy aerobic style martial art classes, I know many gyms that are PACKED during cardio kickboxing classes. From a business perspective there is a bigger market segment that wants to do martial arts as a form of exercise, rather then learning the art or to seriously compete.

Will this type of class give that client a new and vigorous way to workout? Yes.

Will in turn them into a Judo Master? No, but as long as it isn't marketed that way who cares?

There are a lot of Judo clubs that struggle to make ends meet, this might be a good way to get some extra income and new members.

Ignorami
1/26/2011 10:53am,
The girls who take up the inevitable "Aikidocise" will be better looking for sure.

callum828
1/26/2011 10:55am,
The girls who take up the inevitable "Aikidocise" will be better looking for sure.

Which I presume will involve line-dancing to the strains of 'achey-brakey heart'.

Finnegan
1/26/2011 10:58am,
Which I presume will involve line-dancing to the strains of 'achey-brakey heart'.

. . . while wearing hakamas.

judoka_uk
1/26/2011 11:06am,
I actually think this could be a good thing, so long as it is marketed correctly.

A lot of people go enjoy aerobic style martial art classes, I know many gyms that are PACKED during cardio kickboxing classes. From a business perspective there is a bigger market segment that wants to do martial arts as a form of exercise, rather then learning the art or to seriously compete.

Will this type of class give that client a new and vigorous way to workout? Yes.

Will in turn them into a Judo Master? No, but as long as it isn't marketed that way who cares?

There are a lot of Judo clubs that struggle to make ends meet, this might be a good way to get some extra income and new members.
I'm not 100% on the marketing of this and I'm mainly going off conversations in 09 I had with BJA officials involved in increasing female participation. What they said to me was that this would be a marketed primarily as a fitness programme using Judo movements as a basis. The idea being that women come to it for the fitness, but still come away with usable core movement skills if they want to try Judo properly.

Essentially what they have done is taken tai sabaki drills and solo uchikomi mixed it in with some generic fitness exercises and set it all to music.

Given that core movement skill drills are so lacking in most Judo clubs this could ironically mean that women 'graduating' from this programme to proper Judo would actually have a better start than someone who had just gone straight into Judo.

Vince Tortelli
1/26/2011 11:22am,
Judo does have more applications than the obvious....
Being a caucasian, I have all the dancing ability of a club footed drunken chimpanzee wearing combat boots. However, after doing judo footwork drills on and off with Coach Josh for two years, I discovered that I was able to get through slow dances at weddings without

1.Stomping on my partner's feet like Wanderlei Silva trying to kill a cockroach
2. Falling on my face

Plus you look wicked cool if you turn your partner loose for a second and do uchi-mata solo uchikomi. That actually got applause from the onlookers.

realjanuary
1/26/2011 11:36am,
Blending the benefits of atheletic and gymnastic training: check
Avoiding specialisation and sole emphasis on competition: check
Bringing mutual benefit using maximum efficiency: check
historical precedent (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe8D1Db49vM): check

Nothing new under the sun in the physical education that is judo.

Ignorami
1/26/2011 11:51am,
Which I presume will involve line-dancing to the strains of 'achey-brakey heart'.

Indeed. I'm also thinking hakama and crop-top.

Embellish it all you want, but when the money and the ladies start rolling in, Aikidocise was my idea!



(Here in the UK, there is currently a trend for leggings, printed in the style of skin-tight jeans, called "Jeggings" I'm wondering about the practicalities of skin tight hakama/leggings, with the bow printed onto the front as a pattern.

Not for the Aikidocise ladies, just for my own use.)

More seriously, I saw an article in a magazine last year that had Japanese ladies doing a new kind of martial-artacise, based on kendo/Iaido. They appeared to be wielding plastic katana. It was being described as a fast growing exercise form over there, now making its way into the UK.

Res Judicata
1/26/2011 12:25pm,
It's like an updated Seiryoku Zen'yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata

YouTube - Kodokan Judo - Ismeretterjesztő Film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc44vDLBCj8)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1742463766219933375#

Gezere
1/26/2011 1:51pm,
First heard talk of this back in 2009, the BJA were planning to put 'core Judo movements to music' as a gateway activity for getting women into Judo.

I've seen it being used in women's sessions, but this is the first time I have seen it on video.

Its now been rebranded from Judocise to Judo Fit. This is what it looks like:

YouTube - Judo Fit - British Judo's new initiative (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF8ZuMAS65k)

All the exercises are done to aerobics style music with a head instructor leading and calling out the movements just like in your typical women's aerobics class.

Points to anyone who can spot and name the newaza daemon grinning away in the background.

I actually like this. I think it a great idea even for the serious Judo competitiors.

One thing I find a lot of newb and even some seasoned fighters lack is rythm. Understanding rythm can be a great help in matches. I used cardio kickboxing classes to get ready for fights becuase it helped with foot work and with the rythme of chaining techniques together while moving.

Tranquil Suit
1/26/2011 2:02pm,
Given that core movement skill drills are so lacking in most Judo clubs this could ironically mean that women 'graduating' from this programme to proper Judo would actually have a better start than someone who had just gone straight into Judo.How is that ironic? You are comparing the level of someone who starts Judo from absolute zero to someone who starts Judo after doing Judo Fitness.

realjanuary
1/26/2011 2:23pm,
It's a little ironic if both people start training at the same time but one spends their introductory period in judo fit and then outperforms the other. The irony is in judo being the classic example of how alive trainging produces superior results compared to dead training like judo fit.
That's just my take.

Chado
1/26/2011 4:12pm,
I feel there is hate for judo. Really. First, they will do to Judo what they did to TKD and then Judo will turn an other Aikido/Wing Chun style.

It's a pity such a good MA to turn into nothing.

judoka_uk
1/26/2011 4:29pm,
It's a little ironic if both people start training at the same time but one spends their introductory period in judo fit and then outperforms the other. The irony is in judo being the classic example of how alive trainging produces superior results compared to dead training like judo fit.
That's just my take.
That's basically exactly what I meant.