Judo randori: right and wrong
of Judo randori has been started by Dr. Kano himself. His point was
randori diverted toward sport away from combat application where
banned in randori, playing significant role.
we need to leave all notions of using sport in combat and self-defense
and just go back to jujutsu roots?
This is “case against randori”.
Now “case for randori”:
technical skills need to be trained. Judo randori due to its no-strikes
limitation creates targeted training ground to perfect
non-striking grappling techniques, first of all – throws.
traditional circular view of Eastern philosophy the relations between
types of techniques (striking - throwing
- joint locks, chokes, and point pressure) seen as use throwing
– use joint locks against throws – use strikes against joint locks.
leaving only throws in standing
randori (case of all modern sport Judo styles) you perfecting throwing and defense
from it in the most technically challenging scenario. If
you can do it the hard way, the transition to combat application would
out of your reach.
training is not that simple as it looks: just-go-and-do-it. In each
have to train very specific skills or technical elements. Judoka should
very particular goals, such doing specific technique(s) or using very
particular tactic. This makes winning randori more difficult and,
memorable randori I ever had was with Sergei Zverev – Master of Sport
of the Soviet Union
He was “only”
Master of Sport because he was “forever second” (silver winner) for one
greatest SAMBO masters of 1980th in 62 kilogram
pounds) Victor Astahov (multi-time gold winner in USSR
and World SAMBO championships)
from SAMBO-70 David
school and therefore had not enough international record to be promoted
I was no
match for Sergei. In first two minutes of six minutes randori he “did
lesson”: two clean throws, pin, and arm lock. In next four minutes he
in a way I never had before, no after. I learned more in those four
then I could in a year: he showed me all my technical and tactical
from the first two minutes, showed the fix, and let me to do it the
while controlling the correctness. It was my only one-on-one encounter
Sergei and I’m grateful for those six minutes of my life till today –
tried to replicate what Sergei did for me, when I played the “strong
randori (with various degree of success). The key, I want to repeat,
randori is not about winning, it’s about learning.
important thing is that it’s critical to have cross-training with new
unfamiliar partners and you can learn a lot from good master even in a
randori (I got especially lucky as masters on Sergei level, cream-of-the-cream, are very few).
Judo randori in self-defense training
Read about randory in article by
Kazuzo Kudo "Judo Training Methods"