IJF Coaching and Referee Seminar

The International Judo Federation hosted its first Coaching and Refereeing seminar of 2014 on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 January in Malaga, Spain. IJF Hall of Famer Neil Adams as well as a few other big names got together and went through the new IJF Refereeing rules (in effect from on 1 January 2014) with…

Technical statistics from the World tour

Technical statistics from the World Judo Tour 2013   The International Judo Federation has released technical statistics from the World Judo Tour 2013 and the results were interetsing to say the least. The statistics from 37 international events were compiled by the IJF Refereeing Commission during the year and by the look of the first…

NEW Judo Rules for 2014

The IJF have once again re-evaluated the sport of Judo and have added and taken away some new rules for Judo competition. To see the new rules click here:   There are also new Judo suit regulations as of Jan 1st 2014. Here are the new Judogi regulations. DOWNLOAD the full Guidance for IJF approved judogi.

$10,000 for all World # 1’s

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has rewarded the number one judoka in all 14 categories of the World Ranking List for starting the year at the summit of the sport by awarding $10,000 to each judoka. The World Judo Tour 2013 saw over $2,000,000 awarded in prize money with the World Championships and invite-only World…

3 effective Lockdown passes

The Lockdown (or lockdown) is one of the most annoying positions in newaza. When you are attacking on top in half guard and your opponent lockdowns your leg it can be very annoying and hard to pass within the competition time limit. Here are 3 great ways to pass the lockdown, one is a short…

Shoulder strengthening exercises

From Physioadvisor.com The following shoulder strengthening exercises are designed to improve the strength of the muscles of the shoulder. You should discuss the suitability of these exercises with your physiotherapist prior to beginning them. Generally, they should only be performed provided they do not cause or increase pain. Begin with the basic shoulder strengthening exercises.…

7 Competition Turnovers

Newaza turnovers are becoming more and more popular in competition Judo. Over the last few years we have seen more and more people perform the Kashiwazaki style turnover using both butterfly hooks. Matt from Beyond Grappling put together 7 really nice competitions turnovers into a compilation video:

60 seconds with Jacques van Zyl

Hi Jacques, where and when did you start Judo? I started at age 9. With Danie Bruwer at my Primary school. At what point did you decide you wanted to be in the Olympics? I want to become an olympian after watching Tadahiro Nomura at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He was just such an…

Ronda Rousey Armbar Defence Video

Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey is an armbar machine.  At UFC 168 she defeated Meisha Tate with her eighth armbar in eight MMA fights.  This armbar streak is an amazing achievement, and a lot of people (including a lot of people who don’t actually train) have been asking  how to counter this attack.…

60 Seconds with US Judoka Nick Kossor

Hi Nick, where and when did you start Judo? I started judo at the age of 5 after catching an exhilarating episode of the teenage mutant ninja turtles…who WOULDN’T be into martial arts after watching that show as a kid?! My parents enrolled me in the “Brandywine Judo School” under the instruction of sensei Rich…

Improve your hip mobility by Eric Wong

Why do we need hip mobility? People are exceedingly mobile these days. We can jet halfway across the world at a moment’s notice, check email on our phones, hop in the car and be in another state in five hours, conduct business from anywhere, transfer schools, and shave while reading the paper on the morning…

French style Ouchi gari instructionals

Ouchi gari (major inner reaping throw) is a great technique either as a direct attack or as a combination into or out of techniques such as Osoto gari, Harai goshi and Uchimata. Judo greats such as Yamashita and Karen Briggs used Ouchi gari throughout their entire Judo career. This week on for Love Judo Magazine…

The Takedown Blueprint DVD series

Both Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro teamed up last week and release a new DVD called the Takedown Blueprint. Travis is a top level Brazilian Jujitsu and Judo practitioner and recently fought in a massive invite only tournament in Brazil. This DVD set is mainly aimed at Judo for BJJ  but with such top level…

A systematic way to study Juji gatame – Part 1

By Steve Scott Author of JUJI GATAME ENCYCLOPEDIA published by Turtle Press. Juji Gatame (the Cross-Body Armlock) is a favorite technique of mine and, quite naturally, I enjoy practicing it, teaching it and writing about it. The full name of the technique is Udehishigi Juji Gatame. Translated as best as I can, it means; “Arm…