Time to Revisit Submissions

I’d like to start off my first post in 2013 by wishing you a Happy New Year, and by thanking you for your continued interest and support of my blog.

You’re probably not going to hear me say this very often, but the IJF’s latest decision to allow armbars for 15-16 year olds is a good move for a change.  USA Judo promptly followed suit since it never preempts or contradicts the IJF.  Players competing in the Juvenile B (USA Judo) or IJF Cadet division can now do what thousands of BJJ fighters and submission wrestlers participants have been doing all along- straightening arms out or bending them.  Participants in these divisions must hold the rank of sankyu though.

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Juji Gatame Encyclopedia

Steve Scott’s newest book Judo Gatame Encyclopedia is out in bookstores, and it’s a whopper- over 400 pages on one Judo technique!  As the author was working on it, and kept adding to it, he’d jokingly tell me that he had OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  I’m no doctor, so I don’t whether he does have OCD or whether he’s simply being a detail-oriented, innovative educator.  I’ll bet my money on the latter.

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