Judo/Questions Answered by Expert Neil Ohlenkamp

SubjectDate Asked
Making throws work at a longer distance10/4/2015
  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 judo8/8/2015
  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 Judo7/23/2015
  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?5/23/2015
  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?10/28/2014
  Q: Ohlenkamps, thank you for your time first of all, itís very grateful to have senior judokaís ...
  A: Tai sabaki is an often overlooked element that is crucial to success in applying judo throwing ...
Black Belt7/31/2014
  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 ...
How to counter a neck crank.7/11/2013
  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 ...
pain in hip6/15/2013
  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 Mata1/29/2013
  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 bjj1/1/2013
  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 ...
instructor9/2/2011
  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 ...
judo sacrifice throw methods5/18/2011
  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 ...
Judo w/ BJJ info12/4/2010
  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 Persons11/16/2010
  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 ...
Taking Down Giants3/27/2010
  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 Following Hip Surgery1/20/2010
  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 for Children11/16/2009
  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 Judo11/16/2009
  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 ...
black belt5/15/2009
  Q: if a person is disabled in such a way that they cannot actually fight but can still learn how to do ...
  A: This depends on the promotion system in use for the person. In other words, what country and ...
Looking for an instructor9/22/2008
  Q: My sensei used to train with a few different instructors and I am still trying to locate 2 of them. ...
  A: I also trained with Sung Bo Suk and Bob Ota. Bob Ota passed away about 20 years ago, and I heard ...
JUDO6/14/2008
  Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUDO AND KARATE and what is the diifference between judo and martial ...
  A: A Martial Art can be defined as a system of techniques and exercises developed as an effective means ...
Shinohara v. Douillet3/25/2008
  Q: Sensei, What is your opinion regarding the infamous "Ippon" in the Olympic match between Shinohara ...
  A: Although I initially agreed that Shinohara gained control and should have been awarded ippon, I can ...
KONICHIVAAA!!!11/30/2007
  Q: What shall I do when my knee is badly injured?Perhapse my ligaments or meniscius?Whats the worst ...
  A: See a doctor immediately. This kind of injury is generally fixed quite easily and you can enjoy a ...
Are single leg takedowns with a leg trip allowed in Judo?9/13/2007
  Q: This is a bit long but most of it is my reason for asking my question, which is at the end: Ive ...
  A: Ques. 1 -- Some MMA fighters are skilled in judo throws, but most do not invest the time to learn ...
Help me please9/3/2007
  Q: I have been taking Kenpo Karate in Colorado, I am not in any advanced ranks or anything, but when I ...
  A: I have practiced kenpo as well as judo and jujutsu. I believe that your assessment is correct. ...
Training.8/2/2007
  Q: i have a young daughter 15/16 years old who has done extremely well at club and competition in the ...
  A: The situation you describe is very typical for both boys and girls at this age. It is quite common ...
Judo Popularity2/8/2007
  Q: Why is Judo not popular in the US? France has over a million Judokas but the US has only 50,000 or ...
  A: There are many answers to this question and everyone has an opinion. The reasons involve judo ...
streetfight2/7/2007
  Q: i am 28yrs old blackbelt holder in karate(1996).Right now i am not in practise from last 2 yrs.My ...
  A: Here are your two choices: 1. Your best choice is to avoid street fights. 2. Your second best choice ...
How to get back in shape for competition1/6/2007
  Q: I am 50 years old, brown belt,overweight by 40 lbs and involved in judo for many years. I have a ...
  A: It sounds like you need to train smart, rather than hard. At 50 years old it is much more difficult ...
When to promote in Judo12/28/2006
  Q: It was a real honor and privilege to have been invited to your Dojo and to meet you in person. I ...
  A: It was a pleasure meeting you as well. I am happy to hear that Belize has now taken the steps ...
grade 2 shoulder separation9/12/2006
  Q: I have a shldr separation which is now 9 weeks old. I am 45, sinsei Brown in Utica says Im too ...
  A: I'm sorry I can't be of much help since I am not a doctor and have not examined you. I can share ...
principles9/10/2006
  Q: I'm an avid Taichi and internal arts practitioner. I've been studying Taichi for a long time. ...
  A: I am afraid I don't know enough about taichi to completely answer your question. Judo does have ...
Teaching Judo7/26/2006
  Q: I earned my Black Belt in Judo some 16 odd years ago from a friend of my fathers, who taught 8 or 9 ...
  A: Assuming you are in the US, there are 3 national organizations authorized to issue valid judo ranks ...
judo clubs7/15/2006
  Q: im looking to seriously start studying judo. i am 30 years old.i was wondering if im starting too ...
  A: I don't think 30 years old is too old at all. It certainly won't be as easy as if you were 13, but ...
certification6/22/2006
  Q: I've been teaching Judo here at BIA and at LACC for many years. I would like to be able to give my ...
  A: I am glad to hear that you have students who are progressing. I didn't know that you were teaching ...
Aikido or Judo2/17/2006
  Q: Sir, I am 52 years old and interested in both judo and aikido.(Time will not allow both) Do you have ...
  A: You probably need to talk to the instructors of both classes before deciding, or try out both to see ...
Opportunity to ear a black belt12/28/2005
  Q: Ohlenkamp: I am 48 year years old, in reasonably good shape, and have been practicing judo for the ...
  A: It is certainly possible to earn your black belt, but it depends on a number of factors. The most ...
Re: Encino Judo Club12/16/2005
  Q: I wanted to know how I can become a member of the Encino Judo Club and how much are the costs for ...
  A: Jose, You can join any of our classes at any time and that makes you a member of the Encino Judo ...
Hey Neil10/26/2005
  Q: The reason i am contacting you through this website is because I have cancelled the old e-mail ...
  A: I really appreciate that. I always hoped you would get that shodan, and I'm glad to hear you are ...
morote7/11/2005
  Q: Im a Shodan with 13 years experience. My Sensei is Hank Kraft and for years he has screamed at me to ...
  A: My sensei does seoinage the same way you described your sensei showing it. Of course, I like to do ...
PAL programs4/18/2005
  Q: Neil, we met years ago at camp Bushido. Do you have any experience with the new Judo programs that ...
  A: I have not had any experience with PAL judo programs other than going to a PAL judo class a few ...
Tricks for Competition1/29/2005
  Q: For the purpose of background, I just earned my second degree brown belt following a long absence ...
  A: That's a question that someone could write a book about. Of course the little tricks that help your ...
how do i become a teacher1/14/2005
  Q: Name of expert: Neil Ohlenkamp 1-14-05 Students name: Seth Brief summary: U.S. Team ...
  A: Seth, In the US the minimum grade to teach judo is usually considered to be the black belt, although ...
shoulder injury10/24/2004
  Q: I bruised my left shoulder about one month ago, during summersault fall. I have been taking it easy ...
  A: I'm glad my site has been helpful for you. This is really a medical question and it would be ...
Beginner's Kata10/1/2004
  Q: Is there a preferred Judo kata you would recommend for a student starting out in Judo? If so, which ...
  A: The first kata studied in Judo is almost always the nage no kata. It is generally agreed that this ...
Uchimata-sukashi9/25/2004
  Q: I've seen it called "Uchimata slip," and "Uchimata dodge." Do you have any other English term for ...
  A: Uchimata sukashi is a popular counter throw used in judo competition and free practice. Several ...
Kodokan Judo institute9/1/2004
  Q: I have been studing judo for the past 6 years, now i am 18, and finishing high school. After working ...
  A: My understanding is that you can train at the Kodokan for 3 or 4 months, but you should contact the ...
Seeking Personal Fitness Coach with for Judo experience8/24/2004
  Q: I am 43yo and am seeking to go into Judo for fitness. I am a busy business man and time is at a ...
  A: What you want sounds reasonable. To find someone to work out with I would try contacting one of the ...
Ura gatame?8/21/2004
  Q: Is ura gatame, an accepted holddown technique? I taught myself this holddown from the Ippon book, ...
  A: The IJF rules (which you can read at http://judoinfo.com/pdf/Contest%20Rules-03.pdf) state in ...
Ude Garami7/26/2004
  Q: First of all, I love your website! haha.. it makes me want to try some throws every time I see the ...
  A: Although the rules say that you cannot apply joint locks anywhere except the elbow, it is never ...
Randori Throws6/18/2004
  Q: I have been practising judo for about two years and can execute many throws with a cooperative uke. ...
  A: Your situation is pretty typical. It takes a couple of years to learn the basic moves, then a couple ...
OBI Knot/Left Hand Grip11/27/2003
  Q: Sensei- 1-Is there a correct manner to tie your OBI? I am working out with 2 Dojos and it seems to ...
  A: 1. There is a correct way to tie the know in your obi. You can see an image of it on my web page at ...
Why Uchi-Mata?2/26/2003
  Q: I must say I was excited to see that you, a veritable monolith of information on Judo, were ...
  A: Uchimata is often seen in the heavy weight division, for example by one of the world's greatest ...
Simple, but gentle, self-defense move12/30/2002
  Q: This question is for a novel I am writing. I know little about Judo, but would like the main ...
  A: Here is a typical Judo response, and one that every black belt should be able to do, as well as most ...
Tournament Judo - Gripping9/25/2002
  Q: I would just like to ask you what do you feel is the best way to avoid your opponents 'stiffness'. I ...
  A: This is a big question in Judo. You will see some discussion of it, and advice from various experts, ...
Real World Application6/12/2001
  Q: I am currently studying Muay Thai and I really like it because of its practicality in a self-defense ...
  A: I think many people have discovered that Judo is a great complement to any striking art. The close ...

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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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