My visit to the South China Athletic Association

Note:  This page contains a few words of Japanese.  If you see strange characters, that's why.

Lots of pictures so please be patient.

Class starts with bow in, the same as the school I attend in the US.

The giant in the back row is me.

After bowing in, we did warm-ups, including stretching, tumbling...

This one isn't me.  The belt is the right color,
but the stomach isn't nearly hairy enough.

and breakfalls

This was an interesting variation on what we do at home, start with
a breakfall to the back, then followed up with a backward roll.

After Ukemi practice, we went into uchikomis.  No set technique, each student just working their "favorite" technique.

This young brown belt is who I was working with.

I worked with Ouchigari

After a few tries at uchikomi, my partner told me it would probably
be easier if I just went ahead and completed the throws

Once more

When it was my partner's turn, he worked a kind of reverse Ippon Seioinage--right hand grip, but turning to the right.

Waa!  怖いよ!Actually, this was a variation I
hadn't seen before so I was really excited to learn
it and wanted to bring it back with me to the US.

After the uchikomi drills, we then did newaza randori, starting from a sitting position.

I'm not sure if I'm in this one or not.  But you can see that the mat was quite

I'm using a technique I learned in Indy to turn a person who is on all fours, but he
just would not go over.  When I got back to Indy, one of the instructors showed me
a continuation for this case.

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more."

Finally, we had standing randori.

My first round was with a black belt.  I'm pretty sure he was taking
it easy on me, but my ashi waza worked surprisingly well.  I especially
had good success with hiza garuma.

After class, everybody together.

The head instructor, Nelson Lem, is to my immediate right (left as you're looking at the

That's all for now.

Back to Hong Kong/Japan trip report.