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This Is the Kodokan Judo Institute (2015 Tour)

 
Visiting the Kodokan Judo Institute is something I would recommend for any judo enthusiast. We all know how widespread judo is in Japan, but to be at the birthplace of the sport will bring new value to the art we all have grown to love.

I appreciate more the operational and organizational requirements involved in overseeing an art as globally popular as judo. When you see the eight story building that is the Kodokan, most of the space is used not for training, but for managing the sport.


Judo High School in South Korea (한국의 유도 고등학교)

South Korea has always been, and will continue to be one of the dominant forces in the sport of judo.  Whenever a Korean team is present at an international-level competition, you can be certain that their players will be in contention for a spot on the podium.

The reason is simple; they have a tried-and-true, well-oiled training machine that churns out World and Olympic champions continuously.

They own a blueprint, and the blueprint goes something like this: take a geographically small country that produces world-class talent each generation and employ those players back into a complete end-to-end program that begins in a fully integrated school training system.

Here in Busan, Korea’s second largest city, there are a number of school judo teams.  They begin in elementary school and continue up through university. There’s even an all-girl’s middle school judo team here.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea: Art of the Morning Calm

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is arguably the hottest martial art right now, with it’s growth outpacing all others. This is for good reason; it’s popular in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, is a highly effective self-defense system, and dynamic sport.

As expected, Korea has taken to the sport and it continues it’s upward trend of growth to this day.

Here in Busan it’s no exception. With the likes of Kim Dong-Hyun leading the MMA charge in the UFC, the sport is exploding.

I’ve trained in BJJ at American Top Team, Gracie Barra, and of course Busan Team MAD! As with judo (and any martial art for that matter) the camaraderie is awesome and I’ve made new, life-long friends in BJJ.

I decided paying homage to the sport here in Korea was only fitting since it’s right here at my fingertips.

I hope you enjoy this montage. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re in Busan, or plan on visiting, and want to work out with one of the teams in my video, their websites are listed below:

East Heaven White Mountain BJJ
BJJ Lab
Busan Team MAD

The post Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea: Art of the Morning Calm appeared first on The Red Dragon Diaries.


More Judo Techniques Taught by Korean 7th Dan Master

Wow! It’s been nearly a year since I first posted judo video tutorials by my 7th dan instructor. I don’t know why I haven’t done more. I literally walked into one of the coolest situations a judoka could ask for. Just steps from my first apartment was a small, but historical Korean judo school.

Amazingly, the judo school was founded before Korea even established it’s independence.

About a year before Korea became an independent nation, Kook Sa Kwan Yudo Jang was founded in Japan. Pretty cool, isn’t it.


Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School

Jeon: Olympic and 3X World Champion
For the judo lovers out there, you know about South Korea.  Names like Jeon Ki-Young (전기영), Lee Won-Hee (이원희), Wang Ki-Chun (왕기춘), and Kim Jae-Bum (김재범) resound in the judo world as defining greatness.  Among many others.  South (and North) Korea have a knack for developing world-class judo players consistently.

Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School

Ki+Young+Jeon Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School
Jeon: Olympic and 3X World Champion

For the judo lovers out there, you know about South Korea.  Names like Jeon Ki-Young (전기영), Lee Won-Hee (이원희), Wang Ki-Chun (왕기춘), and Kim Jae-Bum (김재범) resound in the judo world as defining greatness.  Among many others.


Faces of Pain: the Tales of My Judo Injuries in Korea

As I am sitting here writing this blog, my arm is slowly returning to a normal color.  Fleeting are the days of tie-dye skin tone and a swollen Popeye-sized forearm.  What am I rambling about?

Yet another judo-related injury here in Korea.  For the life of me I can't understand what I did to deserve the injuries and near death experiences I've enjoyed while practicing judo in Korea.  I'm not talking the normal twisted fingers and toes, or sore shoulders, or anything like that.  I'm talking REAL injuries.

Faces of Pain: the Tales of My Judo Injuries in Korea

As I am sitting here writing this blog, my arm is slowly returning to a normal color.  Fleeting are the days of tie-dye skin tone and a swollen Popeye-sized forearm.  What am I rambling about?

Yet another judo-related injury here in Korea.  For the life of me I can’t understand what I did to deserve the injuries and near death experiences I’ve enjoyed while practicing judo in Korea.  I’m not talking the normal twisted fingers and toes, or sore shoulders, or anything like that.  I’m talking REAL injuries.


No Panties Allowed in Judo Class in Korea!

I'm rapidly approaching the two year mark here in South Korea.  One of the most memorable things, BY FAR, has been my involvement at my local judo (yudo 유도) school.  My master instructor is this hard-as-nails, old-school, 7th dan judo badass.  Excuse my hangul.  If you don't believe me, watch this clip of his superhuman strength at 64 years old.

That short, shaky video landed him on a Korean variety show on national TV.  I couldn't have scripted this story if my life depended on it. 

It just happened. 

And so did this next episode.

Judo Techniques by Korean 7th Dan

Master Go Cheong Pil, 7th Dan
Back home in America, if a seasoned red and white belt judoka from Korea put on a clinic we would gladly shell out $50-100 no sweat.  It's not everyday that you have access to that high of a rank from a country that dominates the sport.

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