Judo/Questions

SubjectDate AskedExpert
Making throws work at a longer distance10/4/2015Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Ohlenkamp Thank you very much for your time, I am sorry if this question is a bit out of your ...
  A: As you noted, there is no way to tell from the video exactly what he is doing with his lower body, ...
Hip replacement and judo8/8/2015Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Greetings Sensei Ohlenkamp, I am 55 and have trained various martial arts since 1973. I am ...
  A: I have had 3 different different types of hip prosthesis, and am happy to share what I know. As far ...
Atemi waza in Judo7/23/2015Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Mr. Ohlenkamp, I would like to know how should I practice the atemi waza in judo. We practice atemi ...
  A: Atemi waza in judo is generally only practiced in kata and for self defense as you are doing. There ...
Throw identification?5/23/2015Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Ohlenkamp. Thanks for your time. I have stumbled across this throw in an old text-book. It seems a ...
  A: I would classify this technique as a left side osoto otoshi. While osoto otoshi is usually applied ...
Tai sabaki in judo?10/28/2014Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Ohlenkamps, thank you for your time first of all, it’s very grateful to have senior judoka’s ...
  A: Tai sabaki is an often overlooked element that is crucial to success in applying judo throwing ...
Black Belt7/31/2014Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: I've been training for my Black Belt in Canada. They will call out 3 moves from the following: ...
  A: There are online resources that can help you, as well as books of course. Judoinfo.com has images of ...
Judo principles vs edged weapons?5/16/2014Tim J. Kader
  Q: Ellis. Thank you very much for your time. My question is kinda a bit more off to the martial art ...
  A: As a Judoka since 1985 and a police officer for many years, when the subject of facing a edge weapon ...
Attacking judo?5/16/2014Ed Carol
  Q: Carol Thank you for your time. I was doing some research and came to the statement that a major ...
  A: Judo is a sport.....sort of. Mostly it is a method of studying JiuJutsu without injury. Most Judo ...
Judo principles vs edged weapons?5/16/2014Sammi Harrelson
  Q: Harrelson. Thank you very much for your time. My question is kinda a bit more off to the martial art ...
  A: So sorry this took so long, I was gone over the weekend and when I got back I tired 3 times to ...
How would you realistically use judo physics against edged weapons? Or does it totally not work for that type of fight?5/16/2014David J. Ellis
  Q: Ellis. Thank you very much for your time. My question is kinda a bit more off to the martial art ...
  A: Let me start this answer by stating any martial art taught well will say don't put yourself in a ...
How to counter a neck crank.7/11/2013Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Ohlenkamp. It's a pleasure to be able to ask you a question, so thank you. My question is that in ...
  A: A neck crank is not really that easy to apply from that position. If I am doing nami juji jime ...
History. Is judo sport or martial art.7/10/2013Ed Carol
  Q: I am recently being confused by an ongoing debate. Some people are claiming that Jigoro Kano ...
  A: I have read a number of books on Judo and it's development. I have also read a number of ...
pain in hip6/15/2013Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: I love martial arts especially Judo but this problem still comes up in the front of my hip joints. ...
  A: Of course, it is impossible to diagnose your specific problem enough to be sure what the pain comes ...
Uchi Mata1/29/2013Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: great name by the way :) I was wondering why uchi mata is such a difficult technique? Being so ...
  A: I don't think uchimata is such a difficult technique. It is usually taught after harai goshi and ...
judo or bjj1/1/2013Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Hi i am 79kg 165cm ex rugby league player would i be more suited to judo or bjj?
  A: Sorry, but there is a lot more to consider than your size in deciding whether judo or BJJ is better ...
HWxRpUskviBuEdRSm3/9/2012David Daley
  Q: dit :There are some fascinating dealdines on this article however I don’t know if I see all of ...
  A: I'm sorry but I don't understand what you are asking. I see you are from Germany so I can only ...
Coaching1/8/2012David Daley
  Q: I am a brown belt judoka in Zimbabwe,i woul like to know what level can i start coaching judo to ...
  A: There are a lot of parameters that need to be addressed. Are you talking about an organized club ...
Age for starting judo9/14/2011Ed Carol
  Q: Sir i am 18 if i start judo now can i compete with people who r practising from the age of 14
  A: In Judo there are no losers. Each class makes you better than you were before. By working out with ...
instructor9/2/2011Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: i have been learning Judo from my black belt father for over 5 years. i have no official rank and ...
  A: Although laws in different states may vary, there are generally no legal restrictions on who may ...
rank8/13/2011David Daley
  Q: How does one advance in rank in judo and the martial arts? Is there a rigid system in place where ...
  A: Yes, Judo is regulated through two world wide organizations. The USJA and IJF. The requirements are ...
Judo and aikido7/4/2011Ed Carol
  Q: Are both judo and aikido based on the same concept, redirecting your opponents energy, or turning ...
  A: One of Jigaro Kano's first students came up with the art of Aikido and many high ranking Judo people ...
Training for speed5/23/2011David Daley
  Q: i just researched a lot read all bruce lee books appllied them all but i cant get the lightening ...
  A: You do know that Bruce Lee was not a Judo Player. I can give you several ways to help your speed. ...
judo sacrifice throw methods5/18/2011Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: normally in a judo sacrifice throw, uke lands head to head with nage. is it possible that uke will ...
  A: In normal judo practice the demonstration forms of sacrifice techniques all end as you describe with ...
Fresher3/29/2011Peter Boyes
  Q: My age is 23 years. i want to learn martial arts, is it good starting at this age or any ...
  A: Judo is good for any age as a 'sport', but it's self-defence techniques have been diluted for the ...
Left or right hand grip?3/26/2011David Daley
  Q: My name is Ferdinando and I am a yellow belt judoka. Recently I became confused regarding my grip. ...
  A: Confusing for you? I'll bet your opponent is more confused. lol It really does not matter if you ...
Judo12/4/2010Tim J. Kader
  Q: What is the difference between sport/olympic and kodokan judo? Seems Olympic/sport is about 80% ...
  A: Danny, There is no age limit for JUDO, unlike other martial arts that require you to be able to ...
shoes12/4/2010David Daley
  Q: I never understood why judo is practiced barefoot. Sambo, wrestling and even boxing practioners wear ...
  A: I didn't say we wore shoes on the mat. I said that the dirt on the mat flew in the eyes. That is the ...
shoes12/4/2010Sammi Harrelson
  Q: I never understood why judo is practiced barefoot. Sambo, wrestling and even boxing practioners wear ...
  A: Your welcome Danny; the ironic thing is I've seen more people get their toes hurt in wrestling and ...
Judo w/ BJJ info12/4/2010Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: I've just begun studying Judo. I'm reading a few Judo books but there seems to be a lot of info ...
  A: Yes, most of the technique info online regarding BJJ applies to judo as well. However there are also ...
Judo for Overweight Persons11/16/2010Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Can a person in their 40's who is 100lbs overweight join Judo for the first time to get back in ...
  A: Judo is great for getting into shape. It can be physically demanding, but beginners can progress at ...
Competing9/20/2010Sammi Harrelson
  Q: Hi can I compete in regional and national tournaments if im not a citizen of the US or can I just ...
  A: Good question and I'm not real sure. First are you a member of a judo club in the States? If so and ...
JUDO6/5/2010Peter Boyes
  Q: I an about 1.75 meters tall but I'm 13 years old (57.100 kg) so most of my opponents are shorter ...
  A: I believe you should always have 3 throws that you are working on - your current favourite, the ...
Taking Down Giants3/27/2010Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: Mr. Ohlenkamp, In your opinion what is the best strategy to open up larger opponents when they want ...
  A: It is difficult to answer such a question because it depends a bit on the circumstances. For ...
Judo issues2/14/2010David Daley
  Q: I am 42 years of age, in very good physical condition(according to my Dr.) 5'-7" 165lbs. I am ...
  A: Either you are misinformed, or you have a judo club that is breaking the rules. In the strictest ...
judo points1/25/2010Peter Boyes
  Q: I am very confused with how points work in compitions. I do not mean as in scoring points but as in ...
  A: Andrew, yes, the points structure can be very confusing especially as it usually changes in the ...
competion points1/25/2010Tim J. Kader
  Q: I am very confused with how points work in compitions. I do not mean as in scoring points but as in ...
  A: Andrew, I am sorry, I don't get into competitions. I know that every federation's scoring is ...
Judo Following Hip Surgery1/20/2010Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: I'm wondering what experience or advice you might have about returning to judo following hip ...
  A: I have had a total hip replacement and returned to judo. My ceramic hip is not perfect and causes me ...
judo throws1/5/2010Peter Boyes
  Q: what judo throws work for a short partner against a tall partner with long limbs? what judo throws ...
  A: I'm a believer that at any stage in your Judo career you should have 3 current throws that you are ...
Judo for Children11/16/2009Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: My 5 year old son has started to show an interested in the Martial Arts. I have taken him by a ...
  A: It is fine to begin judo (or another martial art) at age 5 if it is in a class that is geared for ...
A Return to Judo11/16/2009Neil Ohlenkamp
  Q: I was driving down the street yesterday and passed a sign about Oxnard Judo for Children. After ...
  A: I know Hayward well. He is a great teacher. You are welcome to visit our class and practice with us ...

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Mr. Ohlenkamp can answer any questions about Judo having practiced it since 1968. Author of a best-selling book on Judo and a 7th degree black belt, he compiled a comprehensive web site (JudoInfo.com) to provide the information to everyone.

Experience

Mr. Ohlenkamp has been practicing judo continuously since 1968, as a student, athlete, competitor, teacher, coach, referee, leader, and author.

Organizations
United States Judo Association, United States Judo Federation, Nanka Yudanshakai, United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan, Encino Judo Club.

Publications
As a pioneer in promoting martial arts around the world through the internet, Mr. Ohlenkamp created one of the first web pages devoted to Judo. Since 1995 his Judo Information Site at JudoInfo.com has been the most highly acclaimed, most popular, and most comprehensive Judo web site on the internet. He runs several other Judo sites like JudoForum.com, DoJudo.com, and BlackBeltJudo.com. He has authored a best selling book on Judo, contributed to other martial arts books, and had articles published in most major Judo publications. The U.S. edition of his book is Judo Unleashed (2006, McGraw-Hill) but is also available under other titles in the UK, Germany, Russia, and The Netherlands.

Education/Credentials
Mr. Ohlenkamp is a 7th degree black belt and has been nationally certified as a Judo instructor, coach, and rank examiner. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development with a specialty in recreation from California State University, Northridge.

Awards and Honors
US Judo Coach of the Year-1999, U.S. Team Coach at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, Korea, the 1989 World Championships for the Blind in Manchester, England, and the 1990 World Championships and Games for the Disabled in Assen, Netherlands, and member of the International Blind Sports Association Judo Technical Committee from 1988 to 1993. 6th degree black belt in USJJF jujitsu.

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