Judo Night!

I woke up Friday morning not wanting to train at all. It had been a bit of a long week and just wasn’t looking forward to being thrown around like a rag doll. As fun and relaxing as flying feels, landing even on the Judo America springy mats isn’t always the greatest. In the end I got my ass up and went anyway and it turned out to be one of the best Judo nights I’ve ever had there.

During the stand up portion I was able to hold my own better. I did a better job of defending and controlling the grips which allowed me to not get thrown around as much as I usually do. Earlier in the week Jeff told me to just focus on Seoi Nage from here on out, so that became my go to. I successfully pulled off two Uchi Matas and a few drop Seoi Nages along the way.

The ground portion was as fun as it always is. I took it as an opportunity to run my grappling game in quicker bursts while not giving up too much in balance and stability. In one instance I rushed my advancement and got reversed. While on the ground I worked a little spider guard and pushed for submissions. By the end of the night I was able to finish a Triangle, Armbar, Ezekiel, Bow and Arrow, and Zipper choke. One guy even commented on how focused the Rebellion Academy guys are when it comes to chokes. It was a nice complement for us.

So for the next few months I’m going to try to work in some Seoi Nage reps before or after Jiu-Jitsu in preparation of Judo America’s next competition in September. I’d like to win gold again.

Uchi Mata:

Drop Seoi Nage:


Purple Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner

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