Currently, the world is suffering from social isolation caused by coronavirus (Covid-19). And with that, there has been a huge reduction in the practice of exercises between adults and children. We see it, in particular with children, who do not have spaces to interact, end up with accumulation of energy. In light of this, our guest today at the Training Column is black belt 1º dan Prof. Francisco de Assis Alvarenga, who also has a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, as well as being partner-owner of the Judo Bushido school, in Curitiba. In this presentation he will demonstrate basic Judo initiation techniques, which can be done at home, with just a mattress to help soften the fall for the little ones. Safety above all.

Judo (roughly translated to: Smooth Path) was created in Japan in 1882 by Sensei Jigoro Kano, with the objective of educating society through sport. And it is with this ideology, that we teachers of Judo Bushido, believe that Judo is an extremely important tool for the development of the individual physical / motor, intellectual and social skills. Executing it exclusively with recreational playfulness for children, providing the possibility of important experience for their progress with a more authentic and meaningful way of learning.

In this article, I will talk about basic Judo initiation techniques, the Ukemis (dampening of a fall). Everyone who starts in Judo, first, must learn to fall, which also has a philosophical meaning behind it: learn to fall, learn to get up, and then learn to takedown. For children we must be careful and apply techniques to prevent them from getting hurt during classes, always valuing a recreational playful format, with an understanding of the progression in the movements.

In our methodology, Ukemis should always start on the ground, progress to a crouch and finally standing. So I will chose the first Ukemi we teach and an activity that helps learning it.

> Uchiro Ukemi – Fall backwards

Material: ball

PART 1 – To learn correctly, the student should lie on his back, looking at the belly or belt. With the ball between your feet, raise your legs to stabilise in this position.

PART 2 – Touch the ball with your fingertips and hit the ground with your arm stretched out beside your body. The hands should be at the side of the hips and flat, hitting the ground with your palms.

PART 3 – Then perform an abdominal exercise with the ball attached to your feet, remembering the position of the head.

PART 4 – The next movement I call seesaw, because the student will make a back and forth movement with the body. Sitting with his arms crossed on his chest, he will throw his back to the ground, raising his legs, without hitting his head and arms, returning to the initial sitting position.

PART 5 – Then, perform the same movement as before, adding the movement of striking with the arm stretched on the floor beside the body. This is our Uchiro-Ukemi.


> Recreational Recreational Activity: basketing the ball at Ukemi

Material: a ball and a laundry bowl or box

Execution: place the bowl / box or basket at a distance that when the student executes Uchiro Ukemi, he does not hit his head on it. With the ball between your feet, after performing the technique, throw the ball into the basket. You can move the basket away with each movement to increase the degree of difficulty and fun for the students.


Maiores informações sobre a Escola Judô Bushido:

Prof. Francisco de Assis Alvarenga

Website: Instagram: judo.bushido / Instagram: Chico_Bushido

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