An Overview of the Offensive Tackle Position

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Offensive Tackle

Ryan Vucina is an experienced Chief Operations Manager in the construction equipment delivery industry and has worked with luxury, mixed use, residential, and interior developers for more than a decade. Outside of the construction industry, Ryan Vucina contributes to various Pacific Grove School District academic and athletic programs. He spent time as an All League offensive tackle at Pacific Grove High School and was recruited by multiple colleges.

The position of offensive tackle is one of the least celebrated by mainstream sports fans, yet it is by far one of the most important roles on the field. Offensive tackles line up on the far ends of the offensive line, with a left offensive tackle taking on the responsibility of protecting a right handed quarterback’s blind side. When it comes to high level, competitive football, teams generally experience only as much success as their quarterbacks can provide, making a strong, intelligent tackle of paramount importance to every squad.

Offensive tackles are tasked with defending the opposing team’s most effective pass rushers. The left tack, or a right tackle protecting a left handed quarterback, is particularly valuable in regards to a quarterback’s success and health, as a right handed quarterback must face right to pass, turning his back to the left of the field. Tackles cannot simply rely on brute strength, however, as additional responsibilities involve communicating detailed pass rush information to the quarterback, which demands a high football IQ, and covering smaller, quicker defenders, which requires quick, agile feet.


Judo Practice Types

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Before becoming the Chief Operations Manager of Vucina Construction, Ryan Vucina participated in competitive judo, ranking fourth nationally. Judo practitioners such as Ryan Vucina must master a variety of forms and techniques to excel in this art.

Judo training consists of three different types of practice. Formal exercises, called kata, focus on building the practitioner’s understanding of basic techniques and form, to be used in the other two forms of practice. Freestyle fighting, or randori, focuses on applying those skills and can be practiced with opponents of any skill level. Randori with a more skilled opponent often involves getting thrown frequently and defending against an onslaught of attacks, while randori with a comparably skilled opponent is closer to a match in terms of overall flow. Finally, in a judo match, judo practitioners apply the skills learned during the other forms of practice.

Judo practitioners must practice against both stronger and weaker opponents to build a solid foundation before a match. Only a judo practitioner who is experienced with both throwing and being thrown will be able to maintain composure and move effectively in a proper match.

Judo Techniques

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Judo Techniques

Ryan Vucina is the Chief Operations Manager at Vucina Construction, Inc., in Carmel, California. Outside of work, Ryan Vucina enjoys judo, and ranked fourth nationally in competitive judo.

The martial art form Judo involves throwing techniques and grappling techniques. Throwing techniques involve a pulling and rotating motion and are split into two groups. Standing techniques occur when the person performing the throw remains standing, and sacrifice techniques are when the person performing the throw puts himself in an unfavorable position to better execute the throw. Some popular standing techniques include Te-waza, in which the practitioner uses his hands and arms to throw his opponent, and Asi-waza, in which the practitioner sweeps his legs to down his opponent. One common sacrifice technique is Ma-sutemi-waza, in which an opponent drops onto his back to execute a throw.

Grappling techniques occur when both opponents are already on the ground. There are three basic grappling techniques. Pinning involves holding the opponent down on his or her back, while choking involves compressing the neck veins. Joint locking involves bending the opponent’s joint in the reverse direction in order to lock it.

Important Skills for Young Offensive Lineman

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Young Offensive Line

A construction executive based on the Monterey Peninsula, Ryan Vucina serves as the chief operations manager of Vucina Construction in Pacific Grove, California. As a student at Pacific Grove High School, he was an All-League Offensive Tackle and was recruited by three college programs.

When developing skills in a young offensive lineman, it is important to start with basic skills such as a proper stance. The player’s weight should remain balanced at all times, giving him the versatility to run block and pass block. If a lineman’s weight falls too far forward, he will be unable to contain defenders running around the edge. If a lineman stands too upright, he will be pushed backwards too easily.

In the same vein, young offensive linemen must learn how to fire off the line as quickly and powerfully as possible. The first two stages of firing off the line involve the power step at the end of the snap count and the quick step to react to the defense. After completing the first two steps, linemen must attack the defender by making contact with the defender’s chest area.