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Sunday Nite Training (22.10.17)

We went back to he basics and for newaza, we worked on:
a) kesa-gatame
b) yoko-shiho-gatame
c) kami-shiho-gatame
d) tate-shiho-gatame

Each technical segment was followed by a drills segment.

For tachi-waza, we worked on footsweeps:
a) de-ashi-barai
b) okuri-ashi-barai
c) tsubame-gaeshi

To allow the players to get a real sense of ashiwaza we did ashiwaza randori.


The final day of competition at the Junior World Championships saw the first ever mixed teams for juniors, and Europe was able to grab three of the four podium places. Today, 18 teams were competing for the medals and 9 of them were from Europe.

Whilst at the last Junior team worlds the Dutch female team was able to medal in Abu Dhabi, this time also the men could benefit from teaming up with the successful women and ended up with silver.

The Dutch team made it to the final having beaten Georgia (5:3) in the first round, then in the pool final the team of Uzbekistan (5:3). In the semi final their opponent was Germany and that contest proved to be strong one. Taking the first point in that match, the current Junior World Champion Amber Gersjes overcame the German Cadet World Championship silver medallist Mascha Ballhaus. Then like ping pong, both teams collected points alternately. In the end the Dutch team won that match by a score of 5:3 and went straight into the final. Waiting there as the current Junior World team champions – the Japanese (whose men and women won both gold medals at the last junior world championships). In the end the Netherlands lost 1:5 against the strong Asians. The one victory was gained by the double Junior European Championship winner and Cadet World Championships winner from 2015, Sanne Vermeer. Her fight was a personal pay back. It was the repeat of the Final at the individuals in the under 63kg category two days before. The 18-year old Dutch fighter defeated the Japanese Araki Honoka with a brilliant ippon.

Sanne Vermeer said after:

“I am happy about silver. We were a great team and the spirit was amazing. I love my team. Concerning my fight against the Japanese, I am really happy. Because at the individuals I lost against that girl. It was a kind a revenge. So the plan worked very well. Our heavy weight Jur Spijkers had to contribute to the success more than once by winning the last and deciding contest.”

“Most of the time I have to do it, I am a quite used to it. But I did everything to win the match for my team and my country.”

The Dutch coach summarised:

“I think they gave their all, their everything, they stuck to the plan. And well, the silver medal was very good. I am also very happy with the individual performance. But I think most of them were even better in the team. That made them stronger today.”

One of the two bronze medals went to Germany who had no problems winning against Hungary in the first match. They then had an incredible match against France, eventually winning by a score of (5:4). Then after losing the semifinal against the Netherlands, they showed how hungry they were to win Bronze. Against Kazakhstan they won 4:3. Two years ago, the German women were able to win Bronze, this time they won it with the whole team.

Pedro Guedes said directly after the awarding ceremony: “They were great; they did a very good job. The team worked together and everything went fine.”

His colleague Lorenz Trautmann added proudly:

“It was incredible today. The women were super strong today. I am very proud of them. Especially after the loss against the Netherlands in the semifinal they came back so strong for the bronze medal contest and really showed character. This tournament had had its ups and downs. And for me as the new women’s junior coach It couldn’t be a better debut.”

The second bronze medal was celebrated by the team of Russia. With wins over Austria (5:2) and Mongolia (5:1) the Japanese proved a little bit too strong in the semifinal. Although the result – 1:5 – was very clear, they kept motivated to get onto the podium. For Bronze they were up against Uzbekistan and beat them on points for the score after both nations won 4 contests. The Russian Women’s coach said:

“We are sad that we couldn’t win against the Japanese today. At the individuals we couldn’t show a 100 percent so we are very happy about the bronze medial at the team event.”

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Sunday Nite's Program (22.10.17)

Prior to this, we have just been training a mishmash of popular techniques. Starting today we will start going through the syllabus that I've created to teach the players all the most important techniques in judo, standing and newaza. For today, I hope to cover three standing and four newaza techniques.

As always, we will start with newaza. Today, we're going to go through the absolute basics, the first four foundational pins in judo: Kesa-Gatame, Yoko-Shiho-Gatame, Tate-Shiho-Gatame and Kami-Shiho-Gatame.

We'll have tori hold down uke and do drills with uke fully-resisting the technique and trying to escape. I'll also teach one roll into a hold-down and some tactics and strategies how to avoid being caught in a pin. Prevention is better than cure. Once caught in a hold-down it's very difficult to escape.

For standing, we will revise Ippon-Seoi-Nage which the players are already somewhat familiar with. New techniques I will introduce to them today are De-Ashi-Barai and Ouchi-Gari. Each has its challenges.

De-Ashi-Barai is a "finesse" technique that requires good timing to pull off. In that sense it's one of the hardest techniques to teach. You can teach the mechanics of a technique easily but can you teach timing? I guess only to a certain extent. You can teach how to set up uke so that they would be in a vulnerable position and that is when you strike. But it's easier said than done. I guess the only way to master it is to understand the theory and to try it over and over again until you get the feel of it.

The counter to De-Ashi-Barai is called Tsubame-Gaeshi and it's just as subtle and very much a "finesse" technique as well. Timing is crucial and like I said, this is something that's hard to teach. We could do some drills that will help though.

Ouchi-Gari is a much less subtle ashiwaza but it's one that can be easily countered (unlike De-Ashi-Barai, which is a pretty safe technique). Many beginners come in carelessly or less than fully committed and end up being countered with Ouchi-Gaeshi. Timing is less of an issue here compared to De-Ashi-Barai. Proper entry and correct use of the hands is crucial to its success, as is full commitment to the throw.

 Although it's an ashiwaza, which people tend to think of as "light" techniques, Ouchi-Gari is one of the heavier ashiwaza, like uchimata, where the fall is quite hard. Quite often, you end up landing on uke too, to ensure that it's an ippon. Unlike De-Ashi-Barai, we will use crash pads for this because I want the players to throw with full commitment.


Summer 2017 signaled a change in form for Zelym KOTSOIEV (AZE). He had failed in the first six months of the year to reach the podium. Thereafter, he hit all the high notes, capturing six titles including the Junior European title. Today saw Kotsoiev add the junior world title to his growing list when he won the gold medal in the -100kg category on the final day of individual competition in Zagreb, Croatia. As was the case in the Junior European final, Kotsoiev’s opponent was Arman ADAMIAN (RUS) and so too was the result. It was an attacking and positive performance from the 19-year old Azeri whose work at these championships may yet be over as he may very well be called upon to turn out in the team event



A Conclusion and Some Food for Thought

Montreal, October 21, 2017 – The last two Canadians judokas to step on the Junior World Championships mat this Saturday in Zagreb, Croatia, logged similar results. Allayah Copeland (Under 78 kg) and Joe Casey Andres (Over 100 kg) were both eliminated after their first bout of the day.

Ontario’s Copeland succumbed to German Teresa Zenker, who would go on to fight Japan’s Shiyu Umezu for the gold medal and lose.

Alberta’s Joey Casey Andres, the Canadian senior Over 100 kg champion, lost to Polish Krzysztof Zaleczny by waza-ari.

“I am disappointed with the results,” said coach Jean-Pierre Cantin looking back on the World Championships. “We came here hoping to bring back a medal and get two top-seven spots. We’re walking away from these Championships with six ninth places. We are close to reaching our goals, but at the same time, still pretty far away.”

Now, the coach will get to work analyzing the athletes’ performances. He believes the athletes have what it takes for the next Junior World Championships.

“Our athletes have had an excellent year in international competitions, and we can see clear improvement. Now, we have to translate that into World Champ medals. I will go over each match and conduct an in-depth analysis to pinpoint what didn’t work, so we can come back stronger next year.”

The mixed team competition will take place on Sunday.


Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada

Another Difficult Day for Canada’s Judokas

Montreal, October 20, 2017 – None of the Canadians competing in the Junior World Judo Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, on Friday were able to crack the top seven.

“Our athletes fought very well, even though we didn’t get the results we had anticipated,” declared coach Jean-Pierre Cantin.

Emily Burt finished with a totally respectable 1-1 record in the -63 kg weight division. The Oshawa, Ontario native kicked off her day with an overtime victory over Andreja Leski of Slovenia. In the next round, she bowed out by waza-ari in overtime to Japan’s Honoka Araki, who went on to win the gold medal.

“Emily tripped at the beginning of Golden Score and lost her balance as she tried to regain her stance. Even on the video replay it’s difficult to see what happened, but the Japanese judoka took advantage of the situation to push Emily onto her back and score,” explained Cantin.

“She had a great fight and could definitely have won the bout. She attacked with intensity and put a lot of pressure on her opponent, both standing and on the ground, and the Japanese judoka didn’t even come close to scoring. That’s what makes this loss so painful. Emily came here to win a medal. She was physically and mentally ready, but fate had other plans for her,” he added.

In other action, Hanako Kuno defeated South Korea’s Hee Ju Han before being shown the door by France’s Yasmine Horlaville in overtime.

“It was an important fight, but unfortunately, Hanako wasn’t able to control her opponent and gain the advantage. It was a case of lack of experience,” noted Cantin.

Adriana Portuondo-Isasi (-70 kg) also ended her day with a 1-1 record. The judoka from La Prairie, Quebec, won her fight against Andela Violic of Croatia but was unable to hold out against Ellen Santana of Brazil. In the same weight category, Maria Carla Chirila was beaten by France’s Agathe Devitry in the first round.

Benjamin Kendrick (-90 kg) was the only Canadian to score a victory in the men’s competitions. The bronze medallist at last August’s Cadet World Championships overpowered Germany’s Tim Schmidt in today’s match. His next bout pitted him against Japan’s Koshi Nagai, who went on to win a bronze medal.

“He’s the only Canadian man to have won a match today. I’m proud of him. He showed great maturity in his strategy against the German. He’s definitely a rising star in the judo world,” affirmed the coach.

In the -81 kg group, Alex Marineau lost his only fight of the day to Germany’s Janosch Hunfeld. Also in -81 kg action, Maxim Côté faced the same fate against Hungary’s Benedek Toth.

The last individual competitions will take place on Saturday. Allayah Copeland (-78 kg) and Joe Casey Andres (+100 kg) are the two Canadians who will be hitting the tatamis.


Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada


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