Sunday, August 3, 2008

2008 SMAA Seminar (11)

The last class of the seminar was taught again by Suino Sensei, SMAA Judo Division sixth dan. He continued to explore seoi nage. Fabian Sensei had previously shown the older Hontai Yoshin Ryu version of this throw, thus illustrating the connection between the modern martial art of judo and elder Nihon jujutsu methods.

But on Sunday, Suino Sensei had students use seoi nage in response to a punch or collar grab, stressing that judo remains a martial art and not merely a sport. He then transitioned into using the same entry and tai sabaki for harai goshi, a “sweeping hip throw,” one of his specialties. His judo classes are always fun and fast paced, with Suino Sensei’s outgoing personality and ever-present bubbling enthusiasm permeating the mat area.

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