Judo Journal: Need For Speed

by Dan Walsh

This entry pertains to practice on April 25th, 2011

I’ve gotta get FASTER!

The preliminary move list I’ve created (which I’ll post as soon as I get it into the computer) is almost entirely comprised of reactionary throws. Speed is not one of my strengths yet, and a reactionary strategy relies on being faster than my opponent. I was twice already half-way into the receiving end of a forward throw before I even realized what was happening. I can’t counter with Tani Otoshi if I don’t react quickly enough.

I seem to have also forgotten all of my Ne Waza ground work. I don’t know how to pin, and am out of the habit of continuing onto the mat if a throw is sloppy – which mine usually are.

I re-learned three moves which I remember used to be very useful for me. They’re leg hooks, but I can’t seem to find their names. They’re similar to Yoko Otoshi.

These exercises look useful for developing my speed.