What Submissions are Legal?

In this post, we will look at which submissions are legal in the upcoming kid’s tournament in respect to arm locks and chokes. The included video shows some of these submissions. Let’s start with the stuff that isn’t legal on the arms – finger and wrist submissions aren’t legal. The reasoning here is mostly about safety. Fingers and wrists break easier and quicker than shoulders and elbows. It is easier to feel when you should tap on an armbar than a finger lock. In addition, it is easier to go slow and ease into a shoulder lock than it is to ease into a wrist lock. Next, let’s talk about what is legal on the arms: armbars and shoulder locks. An armbar is any movement that threatens to bend the elbow the wrong way. A shoulder lock is anything that threatens to move the shoulder beyond its standard range of motion – the Armericana and Kimura are the standard ones that come up most often and are in the video below. Given these perameters, students who choose to do submission grappling during the tournament should be familiar with the feeling of both these movements – they should know when and how to tap. In addition, when applying these submissions, students are expected to secure the lock and apply the submission slowly NOT explosively. Moving on to chokes, students are encouraged to try to find blood chokes and not wind chokes. This sounds super scary to parents but blood chokes are actually safer than wind chokes. Wind chokes are when pressure is applied to the wind pipe – these kinds of moves can be quite painful and dangerous. Blood chokes, on the other hand, temporarily stop the flow of blood in the carotids and are easier to know when to tap to. If students are wearing a Gi, they are welcome to use the Gi to choke their partners with. In addition, if their partner is wearing a Gi, they can use that as a tool as well to submit with. Safety will be he judges primary concern but it should also be on the minds of students and parents. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you don’t understand what is going on.

How do you score in positional grappling?

This is the second post in a series in which we are going over rules for the upcoming kid’s tournament. In the first video, we talked about how students might be either grappling for position or submission. If the students are both orange/purple or below, they get to choose if they are going to grapple for position or submission. If they are both purple or above, they must grapple for submission. If one student is orange/purple or lower, and the other is purple or higher, the lower ranking student gets to choose. If one student chooses position and the other chooses submission, the match will be for position. In this video, we will talk about some of the positions students can score with if they are grappling for position. In the video, we show mount, crossbody, rear mount, and kesa getami as scoring positions. Note that if the match is to submission, there are no points (but we will go over that in a later entry). To score, one student must hold a dominant position while the judge  counts to three. Please excuse the shaky camera work, I like having the kids help me with these videos so they feel like they are part of the process.

What are the Rules?

I will be making a series of posts over the next few weeks talking about the rules of the upcoming kid’s tournament. The purpose is to help students, helpers, parents, and coaches understand what they are preparing for. I want to tackle the grappling portion of the tournament first. One thing students will want to understand is if they are grappling for submission or position. If students are orange/purple or below, they get to choose. If both students are purple or above, they must grapple for submissions. In the video below, I show how “grappling for position” works:

What to expect at the tournament

What should kids and parents who are coming to the tournament expect?  How should they choose what events to participate in and what to skip?  What are the events and rules? I’m going to go through the 4 events that kids can participate in at the tournament and talk about the structure of each event, the rules and safety concerns. Continue reading “What to expect at the tournament”

AMA Promotions

imageHi, Last Saturday my black belts celebrated our school’s 30th year; we opened on 9/1/86 on SE Sandy Blvd. We had a class and then a celebration dinner, prepared by Sifu Patty (hats off for that!). We also had a promotions ceremony: Kris Rice 1st degree Dan Jones 2nd degree and the title of “Sifu” (in abstencia) Laura Tauber 2nd degree and the title of “Sifu” Sifu Moline Whitson 3rd degree Eric Brewer 3rd degree and the title of “Sifu” Sifu Tracy Reith 3rd degree Sifu Tim Mayer 5th degree Sifu Jack Monteith 5th degree

Kid’s Tournament

IMG_0196Our annual Fall Kid’s tournament is just around the corner – Saturday October 22nd.  If your kids are thinking about signing up, here is some advice for success:
  • Get to class!  Consistent attendance is the best prep there is.
  • If your school offers specialty classes like sparring, grappling or forms classes, make sure you go to those so you can sharpen your tournament specific skills.
  • If you are planning on doing forms, small steady doses of practice are the most useful.  Shoot for doing your form outside of class 2 times a day, 3 days a week.  If it is hard to find space to do your form, come to class 10 minutes early and use that time to practice.
  • If you are planning on sparring, get a mouthpiece and if appropriate, an athletic cup.
We’re excited, as always, for this awesome event!  If you have friends that train in other styles, they are welcome to participate as well!  Signup is located under the events tab.