Yusuke Kanamaru

Yusuke Kanamaru

3 Seasons

Former double World medalist, and now coach to 2016 Olympic and Double World Champion Shohei Ono, Yusuke Kanamaru is now on Superstar Judo to teach you how to become a better judoka.

Kanamaru's excellent range of Ne waza exercises area a great way to start improving your groundwork today.

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Yusuke Kanamaru
  • Overview | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 1

    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 2

    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 3

    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 4

    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 5

    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 6

    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 Reverse Shrimp | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 7

    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 Shrimp | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 8

    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 Side Shuffle | Newaza Hokyo | Yusuke Kanamaru

    Episode 9

    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 10

    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 11

    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 12

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