Here I am again walking where angels fear to tread.
There is so much to write and explain. So many generalisations I fear I will make as judo is seldom B+W.
First. Are you all certain what you see in that clip is harai makikomi? Barai, the art of sweeping? Can you see a barai or do you see a block? By that I mean look at the Right leg of tori is there a barai?..................regardless, onward.
Is maki komi an attack, a waza in its own right?
If we use Kudo sensei's book Dynamic judo volume 1 the only mention of makikomi is as a renraku waza
. There is no section where they are given their own status as a nage waza?
Daigo Sensei, however, in his book gives both options. Daigo sensei writes in most of his comments that the maki komi is a continuation of a broken throw BUT then goes on to write detailed instructions as to how to make a makikomi
one's attacking waza?
I was taught that a makikomi is the result of a broken attack, a failed attack, a renraku waza. NOT a waza in its own right.
Makikomi was taught at the end of the kyu rank syllabus as the salvaging of a failed technique
, a henka waza. eg one tries harai goshi, the waza lacks some component to complete the phase of kake so tori, rather than abandon his attack, continues by modifying his grip and sacrificing
his balance in a last ditch attempt to throw or avoid a kaeshi waza.
Before we learn to run, learn to walk. before we learn to give away our balance, learn how to preserve it. To that end makikomi in MY dojo are taught toward the end of the kyu grade syllabus when my pupils have learned the importance of keeping balance and control while throwing. This balance I speak of entails tori maintaining his own balance and control over his own body while maintaining control over the body of his uke, this takes years to accomplish in most cases.
I am trying very hard to avoid generalisations. May I make a few and chalk it down to my own incompetence to do better?
There was a phase in judo shobu where an awful lot of makikomi where used as 'first line attacks'. They where bloody awful and generally meant tori would latch on to one of ukes arms and throw themselves in front of uke trying to pull them on the floor for a point of two. I hated seeing this. It failed in the true sense of maximum efficiency through minimum effort, it was the incorrect use of power and weight as apposed to technique.
For this reason I still, to this day, only ever teach makikomi as a salvage waza and never ever as a manner of direct attack.
This could be a book on its own but. I am aware what I write is not so welcome today as it is not popularist teaching.
I am in judo for the long term I want my pupils to be the same, to make use of what they use on the tatami off the tatami in terms of how they face life's daily difficulties. To that end I want them to make an appropriate reaction to what they encounter on and off the mat. It is unwise on and of the mat to sacrifice ones balance when one can do otherwise. I speak here of physical also psychological balance. Remember judo is a life's time study and that study has only one classroom, that being the dojo on the tatami, there is no substitute for time spent on a tatami with peers and a sensei.
So, before you learn to give away your physical balance in shobu first learn how to maintain it and utilise it. In terms of self defence it in unwise to sacrifice ones balance and go to the floor. I realise judo shiai is not self defence but we have to develop our habits somewhere and that practice area is in randori and shiai on a tatami.
Just read my post and have no idea what you will make of it?
Crash mats are a way to practice inappropriate level waza. If we learn judo from A through to Z we need never use a crash mat? Why would we? After all the hardest falls in judo from throws such as Yoko gake etc cannot be practiced using a crash mat. Stop the short cuts, judo is not a VISA art its a life's times commitment. WE should celebrate that and not see this heavy, step learning curve as a negative and this try to make short cuts. Oh, last thing practice ukemi EVERY lesson after taiso!
My very best wishes to one and all.