So back in January last year. The Forge started to offer additional classes including Karate, Forms and Judo. Recently Atemi Jitsu was also added.
Now some of you may know the first ever martial art I undertook was judo. I stopped when I broke my hand when I was 17 (having trained for about 6 months)
The judo is taken by a good friend and bjj blue belt Ming Wong.
Anyway, back to the point.
Today I took my first ever grading in judo. I have been training since jan last year and was really nervous. Not in the techniques, but in the Japanese translation and terminology.
Which ukemi is yoko? Is it barai or harai?
I was so confused.
When it came to the grading I panicked and translated a breakfall whilst demonstrating a completely different one.
Luckily I calmed down and got through the rest fine. I am really happy with how I got on.
In practical terms I feel that my bjj has improved due to my cross training. I dont mind stand up now and my grip has improved.
Here’s to the first steps on the road that ultimately leads to a more proficient grappler.