Sunday, December 16, 2012

Simple matwork start for kinesthetic sense development

Ooh, does that title sound impressively academic or what? So many people start matwork back to back. That's neither very realistic nor creative.

Here is another way to start matwork. Players start at opposite walls. They do a forward roll, and when they meet in the middle of the mat, they start matwork.


As I say in the video, this drill develops your kinesthetic sense.
As our dear friends at wikipedia can tell you,
Proprioception, the kinesthetic sense, provides the parietal cortex of the brain with information on the relative positions of the parts of the body.
Hopefully, you can see how a well-developed kinesthetic sense can be a good thing for a judo player to have.

2 comments:

Patrick Stewart said...

Good stuff - reminds me of how I trained rugby players (when I coached, many years ago) - at the end of practices I'd have them do three front rolls, then had them engage in a "very" simple task (passing the ball or catching a kick). Taught humility and concentration (and, ok, was really kinda fun!).

Dr. AnnMaria said...

When I said these drills were going to be fun, Crystal said, "As in fun for students to do or as in fun for us to watch and laugh at them?"

I told her - both