3 Ways to Counter Uchi Mata
By Joshua Hagen Uchi mata is my absolute favourite throw in judo. When executed perfectly, it is just beautiful, which probably plays a huge factor into why it is the...Read more
A Sensei's Evolution
As a coach, I am constantly driven by Kano Sensei’s axiom of seiryoku-zenyo, or “maximum efficiency”, which leads me to continually question how I am coaching. I feel like I never get enough time with my athletes on the mats, so I have to get the most out of the time when they are there, which has motivated me to make many changes to my program over the yearsRead more
Why I Use Uchikomi As A Teaching Tool NOT As A Training Tool
As a teaching tool, I believe that uchikomi is valuable to the coach showing a new technique or even a new variation of a technique. Nagewaza, or throwing techniques, are incredibly complicated and difficult tasks to complete. Breaking such tasks into smaller, easier to digest segments makes learning them much easier.Read more
Which Techniques are the Workhorses of International Judo?
Growing up, no one was a bigger fan of Koga than me. His standing seoi nage was so sensational to see in video, and I always dreamed I would get to see him compete live.Read more
Why I Don't Teach Self Defence
By Joshua Hagen I know that my being a judo coach and yet rallying against teaching self-defence may seem incongruous to some, but to me, the idea of teaching self-defence...Read more
Why Are There No Leg Grabs in Judo and Why They Aren't Coming Back!
To call that te guruma “ugly judo” offends me to my core, but being offended won’t bring leg grabs back.
Pon De Replay - Video Review in Judo
By Joshua Hagen As a fan of sports in general, the use of video review has intrigued me for a long time. If you’re a basketball fan, you may like...Read more