Neil Adams Seminar

Neil Adams Seminar: Technical Innovations Regarding Rule Changes

This was a success!



Presented by Hayabusakan Judo, Sanctioned by Judo Ontario

DATE: Saturday, July 25, 2015 / Sunday, July 26, 2015

LOCATION: Hayabusakan Judo Club, 44 Prince Andrew Place, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 2H4



Seminar Details 

The 2015 seminar was broken up into four parts:

Day 1:            AM – Grips (Kumi-kata)                                    PM – Attacking (Tachi-waza)

Day 2:           PM – Transition (Tachi-waza to Ne-waza)     PM – Ne-waza


Here is an article about the newest IJF rule changes that are at the basis of Sensei Neil’s focus in this seminar, and why it is important to adapt to the reversion to the traditional basics and building blocks of competition judo.

Below is a brief overview of the seminar:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10:30am – 12:30pm: 1 – Gripping (Kumi-kata)

Sensei Neil discussed and demonstrated the new focus of referees on identifying both positive and negative grip fighting at the IJF level. He spent the majority of this time showing correct gripping posture and gripping sets and breaks for the most efficient grip fighting foundations under the new rule changes. And provided the basics for building an effective gripping game that clearly demonstrates to referees positive grip fighting.

1:30pm – 3:30pm: 2 – Attacking (Tachi-waza)

Sensei Neil continued with the approach to tachi-waza by emphasising attacking from an up-right posture. The focus brought back traditional judo, which was the main driving force behind the latest rule changes by the IJF. These rule changes were implemented to promote a more spectator-friendly sport. Those at the highest level who have been able to properly adapt to the return to the traditional up-right attacks have blessed the sport with new breathtakingly acrobatic throws that all start with a return to the basic traditional up-right posture. What is also important in today’s judo competition is the pace and rate of attack. Sensei Neil defined the training one should practice in preparation for competition in regards to how to attack (100% commitment), when to attack (finding the lines of attack) and how often so as not to incur shido penalties. It is all about being positive.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

10:30am – 12:30pm: 3 – Transition (Tachi-waza to Ne-waza)

Sensei Neil focused on the points of control when following an opponent to the ground from tachi-waza. A range of techniques were addressed from both tori and uke points of view. This is a part of one’s judo game that is not practiced often enough since most practices are structured on practising tachi-waza separately from ne-waza. Sensei Neil focused on demonstrating how finish from both failing and defending a tachi-waza attack.

1:30pm – 3:30pm: 4 – Ne-waza

Sensei Neil finsihed off the two-day seminar by going over some of his favourite chokes, arm locks and turn-overs. He demonstrated some of the modern turn-overs and ne-waza combinations that are starting to become popular at the international and world level, on top of some of the main traditional ones that have not ceased to be used. In particular, Sensei Neil reviewed the mechanics, balance and control points that are required to effectively pull off his famous juji-gatame turnover that he used to win the 1981 World Championships in Maastricht.

Profile: Neil Adams, MBE

Rank: 8th Dan

Olympic Games

1980, Moscow: Silver (-71 kg)

1984, Los Angeles: Silver (-78 kg)

World Championships

1979, Paris: Bronze (-71 kg)

1981, Maastricht: Gold (-78 kg)

1983, Moscow: Silver (-78 kg)

1985, Seoul: Bronze (-78 kg)

European Championships

1977, Ludwigshafen: Bronze (-71 kg)

1978, Helsinki: Bronze (-71 kg)

1979, Brussels: Gold (-71 kg)

1980, Vienna: Gold (-78 kg)

1982, Rostock: Bronze (-78 kg)

1983, Paris: Gold (-78 kg)

1984, Liege: Gold (-78 kg)

1985, Hamar: Gold (-78 kg)

Judo Masterclass Techniques Books

Tai-Otoshi; Armlocks; Grips

Former National Coach

Wales and Belgium

Neil Adams Effective Fighting