6th International Judo Summer Camp: flexibility, strength, balance before moving into the technical part

Hiroshi Katanishi durante un esercizio di forza e equilibrio

Hiroshi Katanishi 7th Dan (Tenri University) amazing as always, brilliant as never before.


It’s the morning of the fourth day of the 6th International Judo Summer Camp.

Although everyone is very tired, we all turned up for the first session of the morning with Judo Master Hiroshi Katanishi, 7th Dan.

Katanishi al mattino del quarto giorno JSC 2013

The Judo Master, as ever, delivers a fascinating lesson, not only for his highly interesting thoughts and insights but also for his ability to feel the mood of the attendees who, at this stage of the International Judo Summer Camp at Sarnano, are beginning to feel it.

With his knowing way, the Judo Master starts with the usual gymnastics session which, as if by magic, instils a sense of well-being. Katanishi’s approach is extraordinary not only for the objectives for each exercise (muscular elasticity, articular mobility, balance, etc.) but also for the sheer joy in performing them together on the tatami early in the morning.

The various combinations, the various themes, brought out the, by now, inevitable smiles and laughter making the work infinitely less strenuous.

After this start, with everyone in great spirits, the technical part of the morning’s programme began, “Ne waza”. The Judo Master explained various ways of performing “Okuri eri jime” as a counter attack to “Seoi nage” and, as ever, the Judo Master’s demonstrations were aesthetically gorgeous to watch and, simultaneously, realistic and effective..

At 10am it was the turn of Judo Master Yoshiyuki Hirano.

The theme chosen by Judo Master Yoshiyuki Hirano was “ashi waza ” (leg techniques) and started, as always, with  “Tandoku renshu”.

This method of approach to the study of “Tai sabaki”, that is, the various ways to move yourself, is characteristic of Judo Master H. Katanishi’s method. Hence, the young Yoshiyuki Hirano, his student, in this stage of his journey as Judoka, starts his teaching progression from “Tandoku renshu” (training without an Uke or “partner”).

By studying the various “Tai sabaki”, you can better understand how to apply the various techniques and, in this case, we explored “O uchi gari”.

The ways of executing this technique clarified the importance of seizing and exploiting the different opportunities.

At the end of the study, which revealed many interesting facets, there was an exercise to review the techniques seen (Yaku soku geiko) which was then followed by Randori.

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