Coaching Tip #2

Kumi-Kata: Get a Grip with a purpose

In this clip Neil Adams explains that all top judoka do not accidentally let things happen in a match. Great judoka take the grip they want and put their opponents in situations where they can successfully execute their best throw and attacking plan.

It is important that coaches focus on teaching grip control when their athletes are competing against same side opponents and opposite side opponents. The goal in both situations is the same; have more advantage in gripping than your opponent.

Please send a minimum of 10 minutes each practice talking about kumi-kata and great drills, throwing drills and randoris with the basic

Same side situation: Control your opponents sleeve first; then put the second hand on the lapel or on the back.

Opposite side situation: Inside lapel control and then work towards getting the sleeve

I have attached Basic Gripping Theory and Grip Fighting in Practice (Jimmy Pedro)


In this clip Neil Adams has a great point about blocking and putting your opponent into better position before continuing with the transition. The first part of the technique (the catch) is often the most critical and the most lazily practiced by athletes. It is important that coaches have the athletes focus on the details and intensity needed to make the technique clean and effective.

Judo Canada HP Podium Stats (Attached)

Please find attached a stat break down for Antoine Valios-Fortier’s development into a world class athlete. I think this is important for coaches to look at because it gives you an idea of what you athletes will achieve to be on the podium at the Worlds/Olympics.

The winning percentage represents international matches.

Note: These stats can be translated to the Judo Alberta world when you are looking going from the provincial level to the national level. It is important that athletes compete often and have a good winning percentage.

Remember: Get your athlete long list in for the 2017 Open Nationals!

Have a great weekend!


Basic Gripping Theory
Grip Fighting In Practice
Judo Canada HP Podium Stats

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach