Tuesday, 13th January 2009

MSMAS hosts Danny da Costa for a Session of innovation ....

Our first Official Visitor in 2009 was Danny da Costa, 6th Dan Judo & 4th Dan Aikido, Past GB International Judo Player, Past British Open Judo Champion, Past European Judo Silver Medallist & Past World Judo Masters Champion.


The theme of the Evening was innovation and our full Mat certainly go that 'in buckets'....

Danny, still an agile and skilled Judoka, switched from Judo to Aikido and back again, with a bit of Jujitsu and grappling thrown in for good measure.

A fast moving Session full of surprises and smiles from all.

All in all a great night.

Judo has radically changed and many feel not for the better. Danny da Costa takes a pragmatic approach. If it works and it is within the rules, then it is valid. After all Judo is a combat sport and it is up to the fighter to impose his style on the opponent. Many new techniques have been added to our Syllabus. These new techniques are the result of competition success. We copy the champions. This is development from the top of the pyramid down. It is a valid approach, but it is not the only way. The average player can only go so far by copying. After all the copied skills become ‘over exposed’ and loose effectiveness, as other fighters learn how to stop or counter them. The potential champion must pioneer skills and continue to develop throughout their contest career. This is particularly the case with so many qualifying events to contend with. Danny believes that one of the reasons for our poor showing in Beijing was that our fighters were well known and the opposition were able to negate their attacks.

For some years now he has devised new techniques based on sound fundamental principles. Some of these principles are rarely used in martial arts. Imagine that we lived in a closed society and had decided that we should enter international Judo competitions. Never seen Judo. Never heard of ‘Fighting Films’, simply given a book of rules, with the explanation that the objective of the game is to put the opponent on their back and restrain them, or make them submit. Undoubtedly we would discover many techniques that looked like Judo; equally we would discover many that did not, but perhaps obtained the same result.

Thus, this Seminar was for everyone at MSMAS, Judoka and/or Aikidoka, regardless of ability.

AND as usual FREE OF CHARGE !!



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