Judo Demonstration

As part of the cultural series, JASGA will present a Judo demonstration by the Kokoro Judo club practitioners, led by Glenn Marcias, on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm.  This will the first time for us to present a demonstration of Judo, one of the Japanese martial arts, to the community.

Judo (柔道, literally; "gentle way") was created as a form of physical, mental and moral education in Japan, in 1882, by Kanō Jigoro (嘉納治五郎).  It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport.  Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strike, and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).  A judo practitioner is called a judoka.  
Jigoro Kano said, “Judo is the way of the highest or most efficient use of both physical and mental energy. Through training in the attack and defence techniques of judo, the practitioner nurtures their physical and mental strength, and gradually embodies the essence of the Way of Judo. Thus, the ultimate objective of Judo discipline is to be utilized as a means to self-perfection, and thenceforth to make a positive contribution to society.” (Source: US Judo Federation)
Currently some 184 countries and regions are members of the International Judo Federation. The sport is particularly popular in Europe.  Kodokan or the Kodokan Institute, is the headquarters of the worldwide judo community.
Demonstration Outline:
A typical judo practice begins with a formal Japanese-style bow-in.  First, “uchikomi”, or repetitive action drillsis is practised.  During uchikomi, students repeat the action of specific judo throws (without fully executing and throwing their opponent).  Second, Nagekomi is practised, often follows uchikomi. Technical instruction follows, differentiated by the skill level of the students.  Both standing throwing techniques, “tachiwaza”, and ground techniques, or “newaza” are broken down by the instructor for students to work on.  The final section consists of both tachiwaza and newaza “randori”, or free-practice.
A good, but not quite correct, analog to randori is “sparing” between judo practitioners; with the understanding that no punches or kicks are allowed in judo, rather throwing techniques while standing and submission techniques on the ground.  Following randori and a short cool-down time, practice ends with a formal bow-out, a formalized “thanks for training with me today” between and among both instructors and students.
About Glenn Marcias:
Glenn Macias began his Judo training under Sensei Rene Zeelenburg at Alamo Judo in San Antonio in 2000. After relocating to Austin in 2004 he continued his Judo training as a volunteer with the University of Texas under the direction of Chris Ulcek. Glenn certified as a USA Judo coach with Gary Norton at Becerra Judo in 2009.  Glenn and the founders identified a need in the Central Austin for traditional Judo and collectively gathered the founding judoka members and formed what is now Kokoro Judo
This event is free and opne to the public.
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September 17th, 2016 12:30 PM   through   2:00 PM
Given's Recreational Center
3811 E 12th St.
​Austin, TX 78721
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731

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