Joe P. here
Well, it’s official. Uechi practitioners see the value in adding ground techniques to their arsenals. I only had the opportunity to teach two seminars, but the energy and motivation levels were amazing.
I did not have an agenda of positions, escapes, and submissions to cover, instead, I asked those attending to please challenge me with questions. Challenged I was. Expectedly, these questions were:
Taking the back
to the rear naked choke
Side mount and escape
Submission from the side mount (kimura)
All were covered as in depth as our allotted time would allow. I consolidated all questions into a series of movements that could be taken back to the dojo and practiced. “If you all file these techniques, thinking you own them, and not practice…I’m going to be angry!” I said. Hopefully, the students were given something to shape and explore, so that those techniques will not simply be new tricks to be forgotten, but a real skill that will be applicable if necessary.
To all of my “grass-stained” friends; Great job. You were hot and tired but still never gave less than 100% effort. Practice! There will be a quiz next summer.