Welcome to Class Notes

Greetings all students of Boca Ju Jutsu. This is a new category designed to assist you in your training. In this area, you will find my notes about dojo teachings, techniques, and critiques on what students can do to make their Waza (techniques) better. 

About keeping safe during training:

1. Take your Ukemis! Don’t be lazy. Ukemis are what keep you safe from injury.  Turn into the wrist being turned during Kote Gaeshi Waza. Place the free hand on the Toris shoulder. Stay on the forward parts of the foot for quick turning ability. Lean forward, and lift the back leg for safe Ukemis.

2. When being thrown with Nage Waza, get off your heels. Students are people, and people make mistakes which can hurt others. While being the Uke (receiver) in a forward throw, stay off your heels.  Don’t allow the Tori to injure you.  Only you can insure you don’t get injured. Don’t rely on anyone to insure your well being or safety.

3. When being thrown to the rear (as in Osoto Gari, etc.), don’t reach backwards in anticipation of the fall. Instead, place the free hand on the Toris shoulder when being thrown. This prevents the Uke from reaching rearward, preventing injury. It also trains the Uke to slap the tatami hard, and at the perfect time, again preventing injury, and promoting good Ukemi habits.

4. Kiah – the forceful expelling of air to focus energy, or Chi (Ki). Use it when applying Waza, and performing Ukemis. Don’t over do it, rather use it wisely to keep oneself in optimum condition, and efficiency.


October 17th, 2019 Class

In this video, pay attention to a particular point (the :57 second mark) in the video. One of the students was applying a kote gaeshi defense, when suddenly the uke evaded the application by pushing the wrist forward to evade it. Once the attempted kote gaeshi fails, an immediate follow-up technique is required.  A throwing technique (nage waza), was the chosen follow-up technique for this exercise.  The throws were all supposed to be applied with a one handed kote gaeshi waza…not switched to a wrist hold (for typical throws a.k.a. nage waza).  Switching the hold gives the uke the opportunity for escape, a possile counter attack (gaeshi waza), and takes added time.