Newaza training

Newaza training

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Having good Newaza means lots of practice. In this new collection, Superstar Judo brings you transitions and drills to help improve your groundwork.

The headline act is former World medalist and Japanese men's middleweight coach Yusuke Kanamaru, who reveals a series of exercises that can be used individually and with a partner.

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Newaza training
  • Keeping hold from Tachi waza | Judo Principles

    Episode 1

    Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons show the principles of transition by keeping hold of your partner from Tachi waza into Ne waza.

  • Keeping hold from failed attack | Judo Principles

    Episode 2

    Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons show the principles of transition by keeping hold of your partner after their failed attack.

  • Setting up Ne waza from standing | Judo principles

    Episode 3

    Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons show the principles of transition by setting up a Ne waza situation from standing.

  • Chop down to get the back | Euan Burton

    Episode 4

    Here Tokyo GS Champion Burton shows a chop down to leave him in attacking position in Newaza

  • Newaza - warm-up | Ole Bischof

    Episode 5

    Olympic Champion Ole Bischof shows the different stretches and exercises he likes to do before starting Ne waza training.

  • Newaza - transition drill | Ole Bischof

    Episode 6

    This is a favourite Ne waza transition drill of Ole Bischof's.

  • Newaza - randori | Ole Bischof

    Episode 7

    'Agreed upon practice' is a great way to develop great transitional Ne waza, as shown by Olympic Champion Ole Bischof.

  • Overview | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 8

    Translated directly as ‘reinforcement' - in Judo, ‘Hokyo’ involves repeating fundamental movements in order to commit them to your body's memory. Highly valued by Kanamaru - you can improve your Judo with or without a partner. ‘Newaza Hokyo’ reinforces important movements and postures used throug...

  • Static Drills | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 9

    Here are four static movements that are important for successful Newaza. All are performed from your back with your head up, to engage your core.

  • Static Drills Combined | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 10

    Once competent, these exercises can be linked together into a sequence. You can then apply it to a Judo related situation. Here, Kanamaru demonstrates how to perform the sequence:

  • The Step Through | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 11

    There is a lot of twisting in Newaza, so this is an exercise Kanamaru thinks is very important. Starting in a prone plank, you suspend your body weight on your forearms and toes, keeping your core tight and back straight.

  • The Sit Through | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 12

    The ‘sit through’ is an expansive yet precise movement. Starting in a prone position, with relatively straight arms, you support your weight on your hands, with your hips a little higher than your shoulders. As it is so expansive, it requires a great deal of control.

  • The Pull Through | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 13

    The first drill relates to Kami shio, and Yoko shio gatame. Lying on your front with your legs wide, you reach forward as far as possible - then pull yourself forwards. It’s very important that for the end posture: your hips are down and your chest is up. You must force your weight through your f...

  • The Shrimp | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 14

    The shrimp, or in Japanese ‘ebi’, reinforces a fundamental movement in Newaza. It is used to create distance between yourself and your opponent, allowing space to either defend or attack. This exercise imitates pushing your opponent away to create the space needed to defend or attack.

  • The Reverse Shrimp | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 15

    Apart from being more explosive, the main difference between the normal and reverse shrimp is that instead of pushing yourself along the tatami, you use your feet to pull. Starting on your side, you drive your top foot down into the tatami, exploding upwards with the hips and using the momentum t...

  • The Side Shuffle | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 16

    This side shuffle is another fairly simple, but a fundamental movement for Ne Waza. You start on your back, leaning your legs and hips to one side, with your arms and shoulders turned the other way. The aim of the movement is to switch your hips and shoulders, finishing in the opposite position. ...

  • The Side Jump | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 17

    The side jump is very similar to the side shuffle, however, in this exercise, both your upper and lower body start facing the same direction. You kick up with your legs and hips and completely leave the tatami, rotating your body mid-flight to land on the opposite side. It’s a short, explosive ex...

  • Foot Contact Drill | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 18

    This drill is about maintaining control of your opponent at any given moment in Newaza. Lying on your back, core tight, holding your head off the tatami, you hook your feet in. Executing a kind of cycling motion, you move your partner’s legs back and forth. Although Uke must jump slightly, it is ...

  • Foot Contact Drill From Back | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 19

    Kanamaru says the most important thing about this drill, is to maintain complete control of your opponent. You must keep tension throughout the exercise.