The Examinations Committee received the following comments from Osawa-shihan and wished to pass them on to all members, especially instructors.
At seminars and daily practice:
- Osawa-sensei commented it was important to focus on the basics in training, especially in the beginning. More dynamic practice naturally comes later.
- He said it is important to emphasize the correct connection between nage and uke.
- He added that it is very important to keep students moving during practice and not stop them to talk or discuss technique unnecessarily.
- He said that the technical level he was seeing in the tests was generally improving.
I would like to emphasize:
It is vital that white belts spend most of their time mastering the core techniques: irimi-nage, shiho-nage, kote-gaeshi, kaiten-nage and kokyu-ho. Less time should be spent on other techniques, including koshi-nage and especially kokyu-nage. It is not acceptable that students appear in front of grading panels with an inadequate understanding of the core techniques as applied to all conventional attacks, including proper ma’ai, connection and ukemi.
It is a mistake for students to interrupt their practice with discussion of how a technique “works.” It is much more important that they practice intensely and dynamically, without stopping. If you somehow feel obligated to teach your partner despite this advice, try to do it without speaking, i.e. helping by performing good ukemi. If an explanation is absolutely necessary, ask the sensei on the mat to provide it.