What is Transitioning

What is Transitioning?

According to the Online Cambride Dictionary transitioning is "a change from one form or type to another, or the process by which this happens". The transition or linking in Judo is a skill which has to be practiced/refined for optimal success.
Fundaments of Judo Transitioning
So often when we practice Judo we do each segment of the Judo match in isolation- gripping is done separately from throwing, throwing from moving, tachiwaza from newaza. However, in a contest we have to be able to do all of these things seamlessly being able to grip, move, throw and transition into newaza without pausing significantly in between.

Coaches often therefore use training exercises to help people chain together the separate aspects that we usually train often in isolation. They will use drills where you break a grip, move, T-up and throw and as concerns this article they will use drills that try and replicate the transition from standing into groundwork.

In between the application of a throw, tachiwaza, and the application of a roll, strangle, pin or armlock – newaza- is the transition.

Conceptualising the Transition

As I have been taught there are two key elements to the transition they are the connection and the catch. Note that I’m not referring to throwing situations where tori attempts a throw and lands in a pin or where uke becomes tori, during the throw, and lands in a pin. I’m talking about situations where a throw is not applied in a controlled fashion that lands tori in a position to apply a pin.

In these situations there are two key concepts: the connection and the catch.
We will be posting here scenarios and putting these into action as part of our regular lesson plan.
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