sodo wrote:Ben Reinhardt wrote:Did you find out the reason the new rule came about?
They told me it was because alot of kids are claustrophobic and kesa gatame cause them stress and scares them, so we should only allow kids (unter 16 years) to use the kazure version and that the grading syllabus has been changed accordingly.
This is much more significant than one would think. It is not uncommon for a person to join a club then find it a panic situation when being held on the floor.
I am NOT suggesting the reaction of banning kesa gatame is the correct response.
I teach kesa gatame as the first of the ne waza.
What is the point, from a psychological point, of banning kesa gatame when the panic some have is not the specific hold but being immobilised and their free space not only invaded but blocked from free movement, this is equally achieved in all the osae waza.
I think it vital that teachers are made aware that some pupils do panic when held and judo can actually be used as a teaching aid to help support a pupil who is facing that difficulty.
Banning any osae waza for the reason given is absurd as all osae waza have the potential to cause this panic stress syndrome.
I would respectfully suggest to all teachers to be aware of this syndrome and teach with caution to those who show this fear. In my years of teaching I come across at least one every couple of years who to some degree or another cannot cope with being immobilised.
I have no idea why the German federation reacted specifically to kesa gatame. Kuzure will induce the same reaction to being immobilised as kesa gatame will.
There are teaching aids that help a pupils with this situation and rather than ban kesa gatme I would respectfully suggest that the German federation teach how teachers treat such a situation. There are definitive steps that can and do help a pupil overcome this fear and panic.
I do congratulate the German federation though for recognising this syndrome does exist and its certainly not only children who suffer the problem.
PS even as a seasoned judoka until I practiced ne waza randori with Awazu sensei I didn't know what fear through immobilisation meant. He scared the life out of me and I discovered what its like to feel the life being drained from you as one starts to lose consciousness. Shime waza I was used to it but not the osae waza. I can relate to what a novice may feel. Some of the wisest teachers never forget what it was like to be a pupil.