Judo Movement & Mobility
movement is critical characteristic of any combat sport and martial
art. In Judo movement is the glue that creates fabric of the fight from individual
techniques. During any fight movement takes vast majority of time when
techniques are just rare spikes on its background. On tactical level
uses vulnerabilities in his opponent position, created by movement, to
techniques. You can safely judge quality of a master by observing how
in a fight.
rules aren’t exactly uniformed across different martial art styles.
difference lay between strike based and grappling based styles.
fight the movement technique should allow quick change of position
compromising combat stance. This requires light contact with the
“butterfly” foot-work is an excellent example.
the key is to retain contact with the ground
and mountain firm stability. Any moment when foot not touches the
ground or not
firm on the ground, is the moment of vulnerability. Such moments occur
you’re making a step or executing technique, practically any standing
In a mix
technique fight or in self-defense the movement
strategy changes as combat distance changes from long (striking
short (grappling) and back. The most risky moment is a change switch
striking distance “light feet” movement to close-fight grappling, as
feet” are vulnerable to foot swipe attack. Reversed change, from
striking distance, is vulnerable to long strikes that hard to deflect
grappling-style mode. It’s critical to understand and proactively
fight distance. Fight distance control is one element that can’t be
other then through accumulation of real fight experience – this is
argument for using combat sport in combat
movement mode in a fight you should be well aware
about your surroundings. Tripping on uneven floor imperfection is as
been knocked down by any other means.
the ground surface will also affect your
movement and mobility: on soft sand you can’t have the same freedom of
as on a wooden floor, and been bear-foot on concrete sidewalk can hurt
you’ll move the same way as on tatami in your dojo. When firmness of
tatami is well uniformed, you can occasionally find yourself on softer
normal. Be aware that some Judo movement technique developed on firm surface may not
softer as normal. First of all it’s applied to foot swipes and grabs.
Extra-soft surface also increase risk of foot injuries. In self-defense
training you need to prepare to work on different types of surfaces and
understand their limitations and advantages.
Judo movement: baby-steps vs. leaps