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                   Head Sensei/Coach - Susumu Yoshida

                     JUDO Explained

As a martial art: JUDO is the most practiced martial art
Worldwide. Practiced today by more than 20 million individuals, judo is undoubtedly the most popular combat sport in the world.
As a sport: JUDO Worldwide is second in popularity only to Soccer. In terms of sheer numbers of participants, judo is the second most popular sport of any sport with a projected fan base in the Billions!!!. 
As an Olympic sport: Judo was in the top three most popular events. Judo proved to be one of the biggest success stories of London 2012 with a record 135 countries taking part in the event.

Special Note: Judo students  learn how to control their feelings, emotions, and impulses. They learn about values of perseverance, respect, loyalty, and discipline. Judo students develop an outstanding work ethic, as well as important social manners and etiquette. They learn to overcome their fears, and to show courage under pressure. (Judokas learn to become durable & tough of mind and body).

With approximately 150 countries that practice our sport and over "20,000,000" Judokas. - Yes, you read it right, over (20 million) people...

UFC GYM JUDOKA--> CricKett Breuninger throwing husband Shane with (morote-seoi-nage) two arm shoulder throw.


The Principle of Gentleness

The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means "gentle", and do, which means "the way". Judo, therefore, literally means the way of gentleness. Although the gentleness may not be immediately apparent to newcomers who see bodies flying through the air and people pinned to the ground, it is this principle of gentleness, or yawara (which is the same character as in judo), on which all judo techniques are based.


CLICK HERE: Is JUDO for kids??? See video


       "UFC GYM JUDO" Torrance, CA.




JUDO KNOWLEDGE: What you'll learn at UFC JUDO... 

Currently Level 1 Novice or beginner level. All Judo Brown & Black Belts welcome to workout in Randori... with concepts of "Jita kyoei" (Mutual benefit) please join in.



"The man dosen't follow the belt, the belt follows the man"

  1. You'll learn about your Judo (GI) Judo uniform & (Obi) Belt
  2. Proper Judo etiquette (Applicable anywhere in the World)  
  3. Proper (Ukemi) or falling, an absolute must, you will be an expert in falling
  4. The elements to proper throwing: (Kuzushi) off balancing opponent, (Tsukuri) proper fit to opponent, (Kake) completion of throw 
  5. Level 1: First you will be taught Twelve fundamental throws. After this is completed we will focus on the remaining throws of the  ("Gokyo no waza" 40 major throws of JUDO)
  6. Throwing Drills: (Uchikomi) pulling drills, (Nagekomi) throwing drills, and a working understanding of bio-mechanics to throws
  7. (Ne-waza): ground fighting - pins, chokes, armbars
  8. (Randori): Free sparring or Free fighting, by gripping the judo uniform or judogi, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other. Throw, Pin, Choke, or Armbar
  9. JUDO specific supplementary training to develop proper muscle strength and proper reaction movement for Judo
  10. (Kata): controlled combat Judo practice (Samurai Combat training Forms)
  11. And much more... Start this life long journey in JUDO - Japanese hand to hand combat grappling
  12. *Make sure to to study each lesson on this page to prepare yourself for training @ UFC GYM JUDO








          *Lesson: Judo Etiquette 

Reiho (Etiquette)

Judo "Rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru" (Beginning and ending with a bow of respect), and the proper "Reiho" (Etiquette) is the first lesson that newcomers receive.
Reiho is an expression of respect for the other person. The white color of a beginner's Belt reflects the beginner's pureness of heart in terms of respect for the opponent. The beginner learns this Reiho (Etiquette) in order to engage in friendly competition without arrogance.
In Judo, there is a "Ritsu-rei" (Standing bow) and a "Zarei" (Seated bow), and these are always performed at the beginning and end of Judo "Kata" (Form) practice, contests, and Randori (Free sparring).


                   DOJO ETIQUETTE 


These Rules Apply to Any Dojo You May Visit Anywhere in The World  


Salutation or Greeting:             


How to address Black Belts: Address all Black Belts as "Sensei" or Coach @ the UFC GYM...


When entering a dojo or mat area: Always make sure to greet all senseis or coaches  with a bow (Rei). Handshakes are permissible after (Rei).







Line-Up: Always line-up according to your rank


Judo Workout Rules:


Suit-Up: Once you get to class suit-up immediately so your ready to go, our JUDO workout is only 50 minutes long.


Leaving Mat Area: "Only leave mat when given a water break or in-case of injury".


Judo-Gi & Personal Hygiene: Make sure you and your GI are clean, keep nails trimmed.


Jewelry: No watches, Necklace, Bracelets, Earrings, Rings, Etc...

CLICK HERE: (Crushed Gold Wedding Ring can do DAMAGE) This is why we have safety rules in the dojo!!!


Foot-Wear Dojo Rules: Wear shoes, zories, or slaps before entering and leaving mat area. "NEVER WALK ON MAT WITH SHOES ON"  This is how staff & other germs get spread...

Jita kyoei (Mutual benefit)

The concepts of "Jita kyoei" (Mutual benefit) and "Seiryoko zenyo" (Maximum efficiency)  were established by Jigoro Kano, founder of Kodokan Judo. Achieving a state of mutual trust and assistance benefits both the Judo practitioner and society at large. Such a spirit is perfected through Judo, thereby promoting the concept of mutual benefit and prosperity in the larger world.


Following these rules of etiquette has a direct reflection on you and your dojo, "UFC GYM JUDO". This etiquette should become second nature.


    *Lesson: 柔道 JUDO Gi & Obi 


UFC GYM JUDO Gi ... Now lets learn about our GI & Obi... 



UFC GYM JUDO GI - Be sure to purchase your GI "One Size Larger" than what fits when you try it on, they are made of cotton and will shrink. "Wash Cold & Hang Dry", use plastic hangers only. Also, never use bleach on your GI, bleach is corrosive and will break down the cotton fiber which can cause tearing. 


CLICK HERE: Instructional about Judo Uniform / GI

CLICK HERE: Instructional on Japanese Style - How to fold your judo gi (柔道着の畳み方)



Instructional #1 - How to tie your Obi / Belt

Instructional #2 - How to tie your Obi / Belt

Instructional #3 - How to tie your Obi / Belt



頑張れ (がんばれ)

                (Ganbare- Do your best)




                    *Lesson: Judo "UKEMI"

Next: The key to a good judo experience is learning proper falling or Ukemi. An absolute MUST!!!


Proper way to fall according to the Kodokan Judo Institute founded by Professor Jigoro Kano.

(Ukemi): Method of falling


Back break fall

Side Break fall

Forward break fall

Forward roll break fall

Ko-do-kan, which Professor Kano founded in 1882, means "a place to teach the path."



 *Lesson: Next, fitting your body for your JUDO throws...


                          UCHIKOMI-NAGEKOMI COMBO TRAINING

                                                 (Get Your Rhythm) (Get Your Fit) (Get Your Throw)

(Uchi Komi): Practicing form by entering with your technique many times with partner. NOTE: No throwing, just entering and fitting of your body for throw.


(Nage Komi): Practicing throwing with your technique (WAZA) many times with partner. NOTE: Throwing with complete control is essential to mastering your WAZA.

NOTE: Proper repetition in Uchi-Komi & Nage-Komi is the key to perfecting your throws.


10,000 Uchi-komi to (Get Your Rhythm) & (Get Your Fit) and know your WAZA. 

10,000 Nage-Komi to (Get Your Throw) just right, and know your WAZA!!!

No shortcuts to success, just hard work, proper form, and commitment.

Once you've done this, the WAZA (technique) is your's, and no one can take it from you!!!





*Lesson: Judo Throws - Next, learning to throw properly...


                                 THROWING FUNDAMENTALS  ______________________________________________


*Lesson: Judo Techniques (Categories of throws) 




            Nage Waza  (Throwing Techniques)




Nage-waza (投げ技?--->  
throwing techniques

Tachi-waza (立ち技?--->  
standing techniques
Te-waza (手技?)
hand techniques
Koshi-waza (腰技?)
hip techniques
Ashi-waza (足技?)
foot and leg techniques




Sutemi-waza (捨身技?--->

sacrifice techniques



Ma-sutemi-waza (真捨身技?)
rear sacrifice techniques

Yoko-sutemi-waza (橫捨身技?)
side sacrifice techniques



           Katame Waza (Grappling Techniques)


Katame-waza (固技?--->
grappling techniques
Osaekomi-waza (押込技?)
holding or pinning techniques
Shime-waza (絞技?)
strangulation techniques
Kansetsu-waza (関節技?)
Joint techniques (locks)

NOTE: In the Katame Waza (Grappling Techniques) you are able to apply (Shime-Waza) & (Kensetsu-Waza) in the upright or standing position. For the most part, you will be applying these techniques in Ne-Waza (Mat Techniques) or ground fighting. 




  • (Kuzushi) breaking balance
  • (Tsukuri) posistioning for throw
  • (Kake) exicuting a throw



*Lesson: Katame-waza (Grappling Techniques)... 

CLICK HERE: [Osae-Komi-Waza]: Holding or pinning techniques



*Lesson: Judo Throws - NAGE WAZA "Judo Throwing Techniques"


Scroll down to see the first 12-Throws you'll learn @ UFC GYM JUDO Torrance, CA    


         Tachi-waza [Standing Techniques]


KOSHI WAZA [Hip Techniques]



(1) O-Goshi

 O-goshi (Large hip throw)

(Large hip throw) 



  • When reaching around the opponent's waist to grasp the back of his belt, weaker combatants reach beneath the opponent's armpit. Stronger combatants, on the other hand, may reach around the outside of the opponent's arm.
  • Once he has grasped the back of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) belt, Tori (Player executing technique) must bend the elbow of that arm and pull Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) snugly against his hip.


(2) Koshi Guruma

Koshi-guruma (Hip wheel)

(Hip wheel) 


  • Tori (Player executing technique) must make effective use of his pulling hand, and when executing the throw, he must keep his side firmly closed.
  • Tori (Player executing technique) must release his arm from around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) neck just before Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) hits the floor, and must gauge his pulling hand Zanshin (Awareness) (posture following the attack, in which the attacker remains watchful while reducing the force).



TE WAZA [Hand Techniques]


(3) Ippon Seoi-nage

 (Shoulder throw) 


(4) Morote Seoi-nage

Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw)

(Two Arm Shoulder Throw)

  • This Waza receives depends on the powerful spring force generated by flexing the knees.

(5) Tai Otoshi

Tai-otoshi (Body drop)

(Body Drop) 


  • This Waza must be applied at the precise moment the opponent begins forward or lateral motion.
  • The toes of the extended "fulcrum" leg must be pointing toward the Support leg in order to avoid injury.



ASHI WAZA [Foot & Leg Techniques]


(6) Osoto Gari

Osoto-gari (Large outer reap)

 (Large outer reap) 

  • Even if Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) suspects the Osoto-gari (Large outer reap) Waza and effectively defends against it, Tori (Player executing technique) can still catch Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) knee with his reaping leg and begin hopping on one leg with his Tsurite (Lifting hand) pushing against Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) jaw in order to destabilize him.


(7) Ouchi Gari

Ouchi-gari (Large inner reap)(Large Inner Reap) 


  • Although a foot reap is usually applied to the opponents lower leg (below the calf), the opponent will be able to free his leg if the foot reap position is too low.
  • When destabilizing Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) by pulling downward with the Tsurite (Lifting hand), Tori (Player executing technique) must pull Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) collar strongly as if to pull off his uniform. This ensures that the arms of both opponents are directly opposed to each other, making it more difficult for Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) to escape. Tori (Player executing technique) then pulls downward with his Hiki-te (Pulling hand).


(8) Kouchi Gari

Kouchi-gari (Small inner reap)

(Small Inner Reap) 


  • The leg reap is more easily performed by engaging the opponent's heel with the arch of the foot, and reaping the foot in the direction of its toes.



(9) Deashi Harai

De-ashi-barai (-harai) (Forward foot sweep)

(Forward Foot Sweep) 

  • The sweeping kick must be performed swiftly from the Grappling stance.
  • In order to facilitate the sweep, the arch of Tori (Player executing technique) sweeping foot should strike Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) just below the ankle. Striking with the arch of the foot ensures better contact.



(10) Okuri Ashi Harai

Okuri-ashi-barai (-harai) (Foot sweep) 

(Following Foot Sweep) 


  • A skillful opponent may fall onto his stomach at the moment this leg sweep Waza is attempted, thereby preventing Tori (Player executing technique) from being awarded any points. To prevent this, Tori (Player executing technique) must grasp Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) firmly with his Hiki-te (Pulling hand).



(11) Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi

Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi (Supporting foot lift-pull throw)

(Lifting Pulling Ankle Block) 

  • Attempting this throw with the hands alone will likely end in failure. One must also use the momentum from the body motion reversal, and use the leg as the fulcrum for the body rotation.
  • Taking a large step forward with the Support leg increases the effectiveness of the body's twisting motion.


(12) Uchimata

Uchi-mata (Inner-thigh reaping throw)

(Inside thigh throw)



  • Destabilizing the opponent in the front direction can be facilitated by turning one's face in the Hiki-te (Pulling hand) pulling direction while pulling the opponent.
  • The rotation of the Hiki-te (Pulling hand) and body are important factors during the throw.
  • Bending both knees allows the spring force of the knees to be employed as well.



    Akiyama using Osoto-Guruma (Major outer wheel) against Jake Shields...


JUDOKA & UFC Fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama 

                                            Akiyama using Harai-Goshi (Hip Sweep) to throw Jake Shields...


*Lesson--->   JUDO HISTORY

Kano meeting with the heads of Ju-Jutsu schools (All Former Samurai) to unite under Judo & decide the kata  or Samurai combat forms for "KODOKAN JUDO". (Kano center front with hands on cane) At the age of 22 Jigoro Kano opens a dojo, which he called the "KODOKAN" The year 1882... Below is a movie about the beginning of "JUDO", a must see movie for every Judoka to watch, this is our JUDO standard to live by!


    Sanshiro Sugata (Judo vs. Ju-jutsu)

It follows the story of Sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, who travels into the city in order to learn jujutsu . However, upon his arrival he discovers a new form of self-defence, this new martial art is called "JUDO".

Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

Full Movie: CLICK HERE: Sanshiro Sugata "JUDO SAGA" (1943) A story about the beginning of JUDO "1882" Directed by Akira Kurasawa. 


This film was divided into four parts... NOTE: They refer to the KODOKAN as SHUDOKAN & KANO as YANO... Movies? (Allow for commercial ads and loading of each video. Parts 1-4)



What Defines a Judo throw: There are 67 basic Nage-Waza (Throwing Techniques) and each throw has a multitude of variations.

A Judo throw is a judo throw, and a handle is a handle. In Sport Judo generally a Judo GI is used to throw your opponent but not always. (JUDOs origin is jujutsu/Yawara)  The Samurai developed jujutsu for combat in the battlefield and they didn't wear a Judo GI,  it didn't matter whether they grabbed an Arm, Head, Ear or Battle Armour etc... these throws were developed  to apply  the technique with any kind of handle or grip. (Sent by the KODOKAN to introduce Judo to the World) was a man named (Mitsuyo Maeda) aka Conde Coma the man who taught Carlos Gracie Judo which gave birth to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Maeda would fight anyone with or without a GI, the results were the same, you got thrown and submitted.

Mitsuyo Maeda aka "Count Conde Koma" (1874 - 1941) Expert in "Kosen Judo / Jujutsu" butt scooter or guard jumper, and Kodokan JUDO student of Jigoro Kano.  

NOTE: Mitsuyo Maeda had an uninterrupted winning streak of more than a thousand matches! He won every judo/jujitsu, free fight, luta libre (portuguese for free fight) or catch-can contest he ever competed in. He did this all at 5' 6" and a 157 lbs, and took on all-comers, any size and weight!!!

The Japanese art of Jujitsu was outlawed in the late 1800s by Japan's own Emperor in an effort to become more modern. The art was saved by Jigoro Kano, a true martial arts legend, who streamlined the overly complicated and disjointed art into Judo and also created the concept of awarding students black belts. He founded his own school and began teaching. One of Kano's star pupils was a man named Mitsuyo Maeda, who would go on to be pivotal in the founding of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.



"KODOKAN KOHAKU SHIAI STYLE CONTEST": (In this case, better known as a SLAUGHTER LINE!!!) Conde Koma will challenge three men per night. If he can't defeat them in three minutes each, the challengers can split "$500" A whole lot of money back in 1911.  Of course no one ever collected!   







Differences between Judo and BJJ Groundwork


UFC GYM TORRANCE: This JUDO profile page was created and arranged by Roy Harting on March 23, 2013 for UFC GYM TORRANCE



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