28 October 2013

Hirotaka Okada teaches the essence of judo

Hirotaka Okada teaches the essence of judo

The EJU seminar with Okada-sensei continued on Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic.

The topic of the seminar was again focused on the fundamental points of the judo techniques for the children at the age of 8 – 12 and the seminar was attended by the coaches who were not be able to attend on Saturday. Jaromir Jezek, bronze medalist from 2011 European Championships and 2008/2012 Olympian served as an uke for Okada-sensei who appreciated the help of this elite athlete. Okada-sensei repeated the necessity of learning proper ukemi to the beginners. He then followed his lecture with ashi-waza and recommended incorporating Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi in nage-no-kata form into the training of the kids. Okuri-ashi-harai and De-ashi-harai was then explained followed by O-soto-gari and O-uchi-gari. Okada-sensei recommended to teach Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi and De-ashi-harai as the first techniques to the children because the ukemi is the easiest for the kids. Okada-sensei then continued with mae-kuzushi and recommended to teach tai-otoshi as the first frontal throw. Okada-sensei demonstrated Tai-otoshi from various moving and demonstrated fundamental ne-waza techniques and recommended to teach ne-waza basics together with the ukemi teaching. Okada-sensei also suggested incorporating ne-waza randori into the trainings of the beginners because ne-waza randori meets the safety requests. At the end Okada-sensei demonstrated his famous ko-uchi-gari but pointed out the fact that this particular technique is not suitable for the beginners. Okada-sensei received the Honorary Award of the Czech Judo Federation. Watch all photos of the seminar
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