Friday, August 1, 2008

2008 SMAA Seminar (7)

Nicklaus Suino Sensei taught the last class on Saturday. Following his typical high energy warm-up exercises, Suino Sensei explained that he would show how Kodokan judo had evolved new entries for various throws due to the influence of competition. He began with the classical tai sabaki, “body movements,” for setting up seoi nage. Then, he taught a new approach, that’s popular in sport judo, to this common shoulder throw. This innovative entry was nonetheless based on skill more than muscle. It still retained classical judo’s accent on maximum efficiency with minimum effort.

Saturday concluded with a great party and BBQ. Don Prior Sensei and his wife Amy were wonderful hosts, just as they were at the 2006 SMAA Seminar & Conference.