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.


Grappling and Defensive Moves in Judo

Currently Chief Operations Manager at Vucina Construction, Ryan Vucina is a former student athlete who was recruited by three colleges to play football. Ryan Vucina also practices judo and was ranked nationally.

Judo is a Japanese martial art that improves posture, balance, and reflexes. This combat sport teaches individuals to control opponents’ movements. Practitioners can achieve this control by utilizing various grappling techniques. Also known as Katame-waza, grappling maneuvers are used when both fighters are on the ground. Among the most effective moves are elbow locks and twists. These moves cause the most pain, which leaves an opponent vulnerable. The most common elbow locks are the entangled, cross, and straight arm locks.

People who find themselves on the defensive should never lay flat on their back or stomach. To regain control, a person can use their hips and continue moving in an attempt to keep their opponent off balance, increasing the likelihood of escape. Likewise, keeping control of one of the opponents’ wrists is important to avoid being placed in a hold or choke.