Thursday, December 10, 2009

Submission Only VI


Stats: Average white belt match was 8+ minutes in the gi, 10+ minutes in No-Gi.

revise our training?

Great work guys.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pictures from Submission Only VI

Sorry this post is late. You've all probably already seen the pictures on Facebook, but here they are again!

Thanks to Nick, Anne, Jon, Tyler, Jason, and Zach for coming out to compete. Let's look forward to competing in Submission Only IX on March 6, 2010!

P.S. I figured out why the camera was so blurry; the shutter speed drops when it's not using flash for some reason. Hopefully knowing this, I'll take better/more photos in the future :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jason's Old Man matches

I'd love to post others here, but this is all I have on tape so far.

match one, against one of the Revolution team players under Andrew 'GoatFury' Smith

Match two, Unknown

this match secured Jason the gold medal in the 30+ division for fighters 159lbs and down.

Also fighting that day were Zach, Tyler, Nicholas, Anne and Jon. I can't wait to see some of their footage! And congrats to Ann for taking home the Bronze medal in a tough bracket!
Nice going Anne!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Hello everyone. This is the last call for t-shirt designs. So far I have only received one. Please e-mail me if you have a design you would like to submit. We hope to order t-shirts by next week.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009


One of the most common concepts, along with those like 'reaping', 'blocking' and 'lifting' is 'wheeling'.

The simplest example, the very first set of the Gokyo No Waza, is Hiza Guruma:

In Hiza Guruma, the upper body is 'wheeled' around the axis of one knee fixed in space. As the shoulder rotate in relation to it and progress horizontal beyond its base, the uke is forced to step or fall.

In Kata Guruma, the center of mass of uke is fixed the Tori's highly mobile shoulders, which serve as the new fulcrum or axle about which the wheel spins. In English and western wrestling traditions, this throw is known as the Firemen's Carry:

In Koshi Guruma, the uke's hip is glued to tori's, and is the axle about which uke spins:

In Te Guruma, or the 'hand wheel', the hara or center of mass of Uke is glued to Tori's chest, and he is spun about that axis by pulling down on the shoulders, while being lifted at the hip:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall break

Practice is canceled for Friday, 10-16-2009, on account of reading day.

Open Mat on Sunday will be determined by the number of students present at 4:00pm.

Monday, October 5, 2009

From Russia with 2 on 1's

This week we'll work the russian back grip, and the 2 on 1 a little.

Both are 'unorthodox' grips that you cannot hold for long without an attack in the IJF, but are perfectly legal in other forms of grappling, namely Sambo...

Here's Harai MakiKomi, as easy one to set up from the Russian back grip:

And here's Yoko Wakare, or the 'Arm Throw' or 'Arm Spin' in Folkstyle:

This Wednesday we'll work on how to set up these grips and these throws, amongst others...

See you there!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review - 9-22-2009

Seoi Nage variations:

Seoi Nage
Seoi Otoshi
Drop Seoi Nage

I can't think of a better example of a Judoka who will finish Seoi Nage than Koga:

pardon the music...

Seoi Otoshi, or a weight dropping Seoi Nage

and finally, Drop Seoi Nage...
Here's Satoko Shinashi, female MMA star doing some blazing fast drop morote seoi nage, typically followed post-haste by the juji gatame

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ryoko Tani (Tamura)

This girl eats her Wheaties.
For two decades she has been one of the most popular female athletes in Japan, and
had dominated the lighter weight classes of international Judo

Monday, September 7, 2009

RE: Waiver Forms

Please see below.

Regarding the electronic completion or submission of the Waiver forms and others:

This is not optional. They must be completed, and they must be completed electronically. We can no longer submit paper or hardcopies of these forms.

Please do your best to overcome whatever technical difficulties you may be having and try your best to complete the forms and mail them to the VCU email address listed in the post below.

Thank you again for all your time and effort!

-Jason Struck, VCU Judo.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Waiver Forms


Risk etc

Club Waiver

Membership Form

Not completing and turning these in will result in VCU Judo losing school funding and facilities. No more practice, no more Judo.

Please download the form, complete it and e-mail the completed forms as attachments to:

VP Jason's student E-mail no later than Sunday, 9-13-2009.

Thank you!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fall Practice times


Wednesday and Friday nights

Franklin Street Gym, Room 308

see you there!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer Practices canceled

I apologize to have to do this, but we must cancel practices for the summer.

Attendance has been erratic and often insufficient.

We look forward to the fall when we will hope to meet 2-3 times per week throughout the week.


Jason Struck,
VCU Judo Vice President

Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer Time!

Wednesday Nights:

6 until 8pm

See you there!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Summer Schedule

Is not set in stone yet, however

it looks like:

Wednesday nights


(probably between 6 and 9 pm)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thank you!

To all our judoka who came out this week!

We had a pretty great workout.

See you next week, and remember, if you arrive early there's a decent chance we can do some great stuff to the mats.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Meeting Times

VCU Judo members!

Last week I had to do something I loathe to do, but unfortunately can be a necessary consequence of our current training facility arrangements;
We had to cancel practice 'due to turn out'.

The irony was that by the time we were done packing up the mats (at about 8:30) there were more than enough people present to conduct practice.
In order for Dr Mills to not put away the Judo mats at the end of his PE Class (5:40pm), he requires that at least two representatives of VCU Judo be present, and prefers 4 or more. 4 is the 'magic number' it takes to quickly and efficiently put the mats away.

I can reasonably count on one or two people to remain over from his class, so they of course will be there. I can usually count on Daniel, our new president, when he is not sick or injured. I have previous engagements most weeks that keeps me from getting there before 5:45pm.
What I need is confidence that more members will be arriving before 5:40pm! I wish this wasn't necessary, but amongst other things, it's simply good etiquette and a lot safer for you.

If enough people show up earlier, it provides an opportunity to mop the mats, warm up thoroughly and go over any club issues before actually getting down to practice.

In summation, as the old saying goes; 'If you're not ten minutes early, then you're late!'
And if you'd like to be a real asset to the club, try and get here before 5:40pm.

Thanks guys.

-VCU Judo acting president, Jason Struck

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Below is some of the material required to test up to yellow belt
So far we've covered ALL eight of the 1st set of the Gokyo No Waza, sometimes called the 'Dai Ikkyo'.
You will only be required to show proficiency in four of them.
Also shown is Ude Garami.
We will go over this movement in greater detail in the future.
Later we will post some reference materials for OsaeKomiWaza, or pinning techniques.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ude Garami - the "Kimura"

Kansetsu Waza One

Ude Garami

the 'Kimura'

Ude Garami is a 'basic' submission that places the shoulder and elbow at about 90 degrees each, and the arm as a whole is bent 'the wrong way' until one or both of these joints can no longer move. At this point, pain or damage begins, and the opponent is forced to choose between 'submission' or injury. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this technique has been known as 'the Kimura' since 1955, when Masahiko Kimura, one of the greatest fighters in Judo history applied the technique against Helio Gracie in Rio de Janeiro, dislocating his elbow (breaking his arm) and effectively terminating the match. To Helio's credit, he gave up almost 90 pounds to the much larger and stronger champion Kimura, and refused to tap after suffering the injury. His family forced him to surrender, throwing in the towel when it became clear that he would not quit.

For a variety of resources click here

Here's a video that breaks down the basics

Never Ask Again

Technique One - De Ashi Harai

Technique Two - Hiza Guruma

Technique Three- Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi

Technique Four - Uki Goshi

Technique Five - O Soto Gari

Technique Six - O Goshi

Technique Seven - O Uchi Gari

Technique Eight - Seoi Nage

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Officer Elections

It has been announced that there will be elections held following Spring Break.

Consider this friday, 3/6 to be the first of two 'Campaign Days'. We will again discus issues related to being an officer of the club on Friday, 3/20. Elections will be held 3/27/2009 during our normal meeting times.
Elected officials will take office immediately, and will serve officially from Fall 2009-Spring 2010.

Offices open include President, Vice President and Treasurer. Duties include attendance of VCU Judo meetings, as well as annual SGA/Sports Club responsibilities such as attending certain budget proposal meetings, officer training and budget defense hearings. Typically about 3-4 per year, typically about one hour in length, held on campus during normal business hours, as well as on nights and weekends sometimes. These meetings are usually offered at various times, such that those with schedule conflicts can at least attend one.

Thanks guys!

Here's to a great 2009-2010!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

No open mat this semester

Sorry guys!

I was told one thing, but unfortunately it doesn't look like it's working out any time soon, so please be advised:

There will be no open mat from 5 to 6pm
on Friday nights

There will still be practice as normal from 6 until 8pm

Thank you to all those who have made regular attendance a priority under these restrictive circumstances, you are truly the heart of our club!

Candidates for office position please be prepared to present yourselves and make your case in the coming two weeks. We will have elections before spring break.

Thank you!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Randori - 1-30-2009

A recent Randori round between Jason Struck and Daniel Goh

I found it fun reviewing the video, editing and playing certain portions in slow motion; I hope that this serves as a learning aid for the entire club. I look forward to making more...

Jason and Dan Randori from Full Circle on Vimeo.

Recent goings on

I was lucky enough to capture some of the practice this week between
Jason Struck and Daniel Goh

Here's some clips:

A obi/tsuri variation on Harai Goshi...
Dan really gets 'rotated'

Harai Goshi at VCU Judo from Full Circle on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

No open mat time next week

There will be no open mat time January 30th and Feb 6th, due to scheduling conflicts with those who use the space preceding us.
Practice will start at 6pm those nights.

Friday, January 23, 2009

T Shirts and Hoodies!

VCU Judo's T Shirts and Hoodies have finally been delivered.

If you'd like to take one home with you, please bring a little cash.

The T-Shirts are $10 and the Hoodies $20. This is below cost on both fronts.
Additionally, if you have been awarded a belt by Kevin, or have served as an officer you are entitled to $10 off either price, ie the T Shirt is free if you're a yellow belt.

These funds go to two ends: build a flexible fund for the club that will pay for competition fees as well as mats/mat space in the future.

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome SOVO participants!

VCU Judo is so glad that you stopped by to check us out!

We have our first full on meeting next week,
Jan 23rd
in the Franklin Street Gym
Room 308

Please come join us!

We are attempting to meet this week, 1/16/2009 at the same time/same place, but facilities are a little unsure!

In the meantime I suggest you visit the following links to learn more about us and our activities:

Recent Randori Footage

Getting a Gi

What do I need to practice Judo @ VCU?

Part II

Monday, January 5, 2009


VCU Judo members!

the SOVO Fair (Student Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities) will be next Wednesday:

January 14th,
from 11am until 2pm

I am making arrangements for volunteers to help me 'man the booth'. You don't have to stay the entire three hours! Contact me and let me know when you are available. We will be passing out flyers, explaining what judo is and trying to attract new members to come and try out the club.

Since we are competing with a bunch of people trying to get kids to volunteer for charities, it should be like shooting fish in a barrel!

Email me and let me know if/when you can do it! Thanks!


Proposed Spring Meeting Times

Tentative Schedule


5-6pm Open Mat

6-8pm Guided Practices