Tuesday 25 June 2013

Check Out Some New Judo / Jiu Jitsu Websites

Big Judo keep their eyes on what is happening on the web.

First, the Auckland Judo Association has recently updated their website and have a modern easy to read website that lists Auckland clubs, provides some history about Judo in Auckland and provides information about upcoming events. Check out  http://www.judoauckland.co.nz

Big Judo's friend Stu Mitchell has also kicked off a nice Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Blog. His address is http://www.aucklandbjj.com/. Stu's blog is interesting because as well as being a black belt in BJJ he is also becoming a pretty useful Judo player and his insights into the two styles are pretty interesting.

At Big, we are equal opportunity martial artists. Judo is our lineage but we are always keen to mingle and mix it up with other styles -its the way martial artists get better and the way that new more effective technique evolves. If you get a chance have a look at Stu's blog his perspective is pretty interesting.

A Good Night at the Auckland Police Judo Club

The team from Big Judo and University Judo Club have been helping out with re-establishing an Auckland Police Judo Club.

Many years ago, when I was a teenager, the Auckland Police had a strong Judo club based in the Central City. It was a great place to train and ties in with a strong international tradition of Police Judo.

Some of the most renowned clubs in Japan are Police dojos.

With help from University and Big the Police are getting a new club going. 

Tonight Jordan was there supporting training and all accounts it was good night.

We wish the Police luck, will continue to support their programme and should have some photos soon.

Thursday 20 June 2013

Another Cool Video

Another video I saw that I couldn't help posting. The music is a bit OTT but the throwing is pretty special.

Judo Returns to South Auckland

Big Judo has set the date for launching it's new Judo Classes in Pukekohe.

On 2 August 2013 we will be starting a Junior Class and a Senior Class.

Classes will be at the Puni School Hall and the times are:
  • Juniors 6 - 7 pm
  • Seniors 7 - 8.30pm
The aim is to develop a number of classes over time. 

In the dim and distant past Pukekohe had a really strong Judo Club that peaked at more than 200 members.  Some pretty fierce fighters started their careers in Pukekohe including the Stormont sisters, one of whom Rochelle, represented New Zealand at the 2004 Athens Olympics and Neil Swailes.  Neil is one of New Zealand's most successful MMA exponents and is well respected fighter, trainer and promoter.

So if you live in Pukekohe or nearby and would like to train with us give Ben a call on 021 688 289 or Geoff on 027 473 6720. 

Tuesday 18 June 2013

O Goshi

At the moment we are working on O Goshi (major hip).

O Goshi involves Tori (the throwing partner) turning Uke (the partner being thrown) over their hip as shown in this illustration. 

O Goshi is an important throw because it leads into a wide range of more advanced hip techniques.

At Big Judo we believe that Judo throwing techniques are often taught in static ways that are both not effective and not in keeping with the dynamic principles of Judo. 

One of Big Judo's key principles is that we teach all throwing techniques 'on the move'.

You will notice that the You Tube clips we put up and our demonstrations will all be done with Uke stepping into the technique.

Watch this Space

Now that we have split the Central Kids Classes we are going to really start uping the technical levels in their training. 

To help out and to provide reference material we will be uploading our own videos and few that the team at Big like from You Tube.

So keep an eye on this space!

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Big Judo Blog Goes Live

Big Judo's new club blog is now live.  The blog will have:
  • Information for people interested in doing Judo or MMA with Big;
  • Posts about what we are doing;
  • News that we reckon is interesting; and
  • General information about stuff that spins the Big Team's wheels.
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