Beginning judo class emphasizes discipline
Discipline is a frequently used word. Webster’s defines it as, “a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders.”
In the LCC class PSF 12, or Beginning Judo, discipline is at the forefront of every class. As all enter and exit the mat before and after class, proper footwork and bowing are a must.
Teacher Jason Riley, who goes by either “Jason” or “Sensai” in his classes, leads by example.
From ushiro ukemi (frontwards rolling) to kesa katame (scarf hold) the class is very hands-on – literally.
“We build people from the ground up. That’s my philosophy about (judo),” Riley said about his teaching methods.
The second day of this fall’s class began with students warming up doing various calisthenics. Afterwards, they worked on ukemi, or proper falling and rolling. The emphasis of ukemi is on avoiding shock to certain points of the body while still maintaining a defensive position.
“We focus a lot on ukemi, which is falling, which is a necessity since we’ll be throwing each other,” Riley said.
Eventually, the class covered various grabs and chokes. The entire back and forth within judo is a poetry of actions and reactions.
Brianna Rood, a fine arts major and a judo brown belt, is one of the students in the course.
“I think I was just interested in taking a martial arts class mostly because my mom had done it,” Rood said. “She got into taekwondo when she was about my age.”
Rood said she been in judo for almost two years and is now seeking her second-degree brown belt.
Though the class was only meeting for the second time this semester, everyone seemed intent on proper form and etiquette.
Riley spoke about the rationale behind such discipline within judo.
“It’s a martial art. It’s an Olympic sport, but Kano, the creator of it (judo), he did it for human development,” Riley said.
After the class had ended, students bowed collectively and went their separate ways. Riley summarized learning and practicing judo by saying, “Anybody can get something out of it.”