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Source: Hajime Judo : CAMPEONATO DE EUROPA SENIOR - EUROPEAN GAMES BAKU 2015. Del 12 al 28 de junio. | 16 Jun 2015 | 11:31 pm
|We had a few new girls training with us today. Qaini gets them started with warm up exercises.|
|Wai Kit (in blue) helps get the beginner guys warmed up. In case you are wondering, the guy doing the high splits is not a beginner but a black belt with 16 years of judo experience.|
|Two brand new male players. Afterwards, they said they enjoyed themselves and will keep training!|
|Two brand new female players. Will they stay or will they go? I guess time will tell. We hope they'll stay!|
|We had two foreign guests on Saturday night. Mathieu (middle) is from France. Sven (left) is from Germany.|
|There were a lot of beginners on Saturday night. Wai Kit helped to teach them the basics, starting with newaza. Here he is showing them kesa-gatame.|
|And here, he is getting them to do some drills. At KL Judo, we believe very strongly in drills.|
|I take care of the senior players and competitors. Here I am briefing them about how the newaza session will progress, starting with newaza technique, then newaza drills, then newaza randori.|
|Recently, I've been teaching my elite players the "Trap Choke". Since we had two new guests, I demonstrate that technique again.|
|Sven recognized the technique, which is known as the Toelzer Roll in Germany, named after European Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Andreas Toelzer.|
|Drils, drills, drills. For our drills, I have them do them without resistance, 25%, 50%, 75% and finally 100% resistance. This is how you learn. You have to do the technique with progressive resistance.|
|Next, I teach them something special, the Huizinga Roll, named after Olympic Champion Marc Huizinga. This move has since been adopted by Asian players, including those from Mongolia and Japan.|
|Showing Mathieu how to get into position to execute this somewhat complex move. It's not a very intuitive move but it's a very effective one.|
|The execution involves a combination of a forward roll and a bicycle kick -- that is the best way to describe the movement.|
|And you end up in this position. It doesn't look like a very strong osaekomi but it is incredibly effective.|
|Showing Chern Yew how to get into position.|
|Chern Yew, about to do the "forward roll-bicycle kick" combination movement.|
|At KL Judo, we believe not just in drills, drills, drills but also randori, randori, randori. Lots and lots of it.|
|Here, you can see Mathieu in the process of executing a very nice roll against his opponent.|
|Here, you see Sven going for a very typical, European-styled armlock.|
|Reza executing an armlock. Did I mention at KL Judo, we are big into armlocks?|
|Wai Kit teaches them ippon-seoi-nage, a very good beginners' throw. Notice his lapel grip and straight legs? At KL Judo, we teach them like how it's actually done in competition. None of that sleeve grip and bended knee nonsense!|
|For the elite players, I got them to work on ura-nage. For this technique to work, you have to boldly hug your opponent tightly.|
|Ura-Nage is one of the few throws where I think uchikomi is helpful. I have the players practice lifting their partners up with their knees (they have to practice both left and right).|
|Chern Yew uses his right knee to elevate his partner.|
|Notice the nice height that Matthew gets through his use of his left knee?|
|Reza gets his partner airborne with the use of his right knee.|
|Here is another look at Reza's good use of his right knee to elevate his partner.|
|Everybody loves a water break.|
|The players getting ready for the highlight of the evening -- RANDORI!|
|Our two guests are looking forward to randori too! Sven wears a mouth guard to protect his teeth. He knows it's gonna be a hard sparring session tonight. I am getting all the black belts to fight them, so they will have a good fight on their hands.|
|But we don't neglect the beginners. At KL Judo, we get the beginners to do light randori as soon as possible. But of course we pair them with very experienced players like Chew.|
|What a nice, hard, fun workout we had this Saturday. We hope our guests had a good time and will visit us again. Saturday night is Open Training/Randori Night at KL Judo. Everybody's welcome.|
Source: KL Judo Training Centre : Saturday 30/5/15 Session (Open Training/Randori Nite) | 30 May 2015 | 10:06 am
Source: British Judo Association : Wilkinson breaks the ice in Balatonfured | 30 May 2015 | 8:56 am
The individual contests have come to an end in the Balaton Kozpont Sport Arena at the Veteran European Championships with the hosting nation celebrating an additional six gold medals to double up the total number of the victories.
One of the national anthem was delivered by Posan Edina in the F2-u57kg category. "I started judo when I was young, my dad introduced me to the sport. However, when I was giving birth to my two beautiful children I decided to stop judo and settle with my family", remembered Posan whilst showing images of her nine years old son and seven years old daughter.
"First I took my son to try out football and basketball whilst my daughter was attending at gymnastic sessions but neither of them worked out and thats when I thought to introduce them to judo. They loved it right after the first session so I knew judo will be the sport they can settle with which was handy since me and my husband, both have had a past judo", she added.
"I had no intention of coming back, however, during the time when I was taking the kids to judo I started to miss training and thought to just get back to training...Not long later one of my friend initiated to start competing at Veteran tournaments which I had no hesitation to agree with and gone out for my first Veteran Europeans in Prague last year", explained the gold medalist.
Having to pass a ten years gap off the tatami, Posan soon got back on form as she won silver medal at last years' Veteran Europeans and followed that up by becoming Veteran World Champion within the same year. Today was her second attend at a Europeans with four contest which she won all by Ippon. She prepared for the tournament by completing two training sessions a day, five times a week.
"I am really pleased to win gold today especially front of the home crowed... It is a relieve in a sense that all my hard work paid off as well as all the sacrifice me and my family made; which just been awarded by this victory", Posan concluded.
The overall medal table stamped a domination by the Russian team after winning 16 gold medals which the French team closely followed by 15 victory. Hungary settled for the third place with 12 gold and a total number of 38 individual medals won throughout the three days.
Tomorrow we will be following live the team event of the 2015 Veteran European Championships. The tournament will begin at 10:30am local time.
Source: Official EJU Newsfeed : JUDO - MORE THAN SPORT: ENDORSED BY THE POSAN FAMILY | 30 May 2015 | 7:58 am
It is hard to compete at a Grand Prix or Grand Slam. It is also hard to fight on a world championships, however, it is something else when you having to compete front of the home crowed, which can either push you upwards or put you under a big amount of pressure.
Today proved both sides of the coin by two Romanian fighters Monica Ungureanu (-48kg) and Andreea Chitu (-52kg). Both athletes were seeded as number one with a lot of experience and with a great deal of success on the international level. Ungureanu won three gold medals at the IJF World Tour, whilst Chitu gained silver and bronze at a World Championship. But when you are at home, things are different:
“It was difficult to fight at home. It was so emotional for me. I really don’t prefere to fight at home, that is so hard. I put myself under so much pressure to make it perfect today. I just didn’t want to disappoint the home crowd”, said the 27 year old Andreea Chitu. At the same time, she was very happy to be on the top of podium. Chitu is originally from Bucharest, yet, she has been living in Cluj in the past 20 years and been working hard at the Olympic training center alongside Monica Ungureanu, who joined the team 15 years ago added: “I am so happy that I won gold today. It wasn’t easy, especially the final. All eyes and pressure are on you. You only can loose”
The other gold medalists were Amelie Guihur FRA in the category under 57kg, Juul Franssen NED -63kg, Bekir Ozlu TUR -60kg, Adrian Gomboc SLO -66kg and Igor Wandtke GER -73kg.
Source: Official EJU Newsfeed : GOLDEN GIRLS FROM CLUJ HANDLE HOME PRESSURE | 30 May 2015 | 7:00 am