Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ippons of the 2011 World Championships

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Is muesli really that good for you??

If you’ve been choosing muesli as your breakfast staple, thinking it’s definitely a healthy option, it may be time to take a closer look at the nutrition information panel (NIP).
CHOICE reviewed 159 types of muesli, examining both their nutritional content and claims on the labels, with results that may surprise you. Only 10 of the products met the Australian food regulator FSANZ’s definition of low fat (no more than 3%) and 11 met FSANZ's definition of low sugar (no more than 5%).
We even found one brand, The Muesli, which contains twice the amount of fat of a MacDonald's Double Quarter Pounder. It’s important, however, to clarify that not all fats are the same.
While, a lot of the fat found in muesli is the good, unsaturated type - coming from oats, nuts and seeds –if you’re trying to lose weight it’s important to remember that high-fat tends to also mean high kilojoules.
High sugar content was also a factor in some mueslis, usually due to high dried fruit content. While providing many valuable nutrients, dried fruit is also a concentrated form of sugar. For example, two of the gluten-free varieties, Sunsol Gluten Free and Nu-Vit Low Fat Fruity Muesli Gluten Free, were found to have 43% sugars which is 7% more than Coco Pops.
Muesli has gone upmarket in recent years, with many boutique brands popping up on supermarket shelves. But if you’re thinking that a higher price tag might be some guarantee that you’re getting the healthier option, think again. While the boutique brands are more likely to contain fruits and nuts other than the standard sultanas and almonds, the cheaper brands are just as likely to give you a nutritious start to the day.
Additionally, if you’re basing your choice of muesli on the terms or claims written on the package, you may not be getting what you think you’re getting. For example, Morpeth Sourdough Muesli Deluxe says it has “no added cane sugar” but its dried fruit content and added honey result in a product that’s almost 28% sugar.
When you only have confusing claims and a whole bunch of numbers to go on, making nutritious choices can be difficult. That’s why CHOICE has called for mandatory front of pack traffic light labelling on all products which make nutrient or nutrition claims. Traffic light labels provide a visual cue to the product’s fat, sugar and sodium content, indicating whether they are high, medium or low. For more information, check out our Food labelling campaign.
Until traffic light labelling is adopted, here’s how to choose the most nutritious muesli:
  • Check the NIP, for fat and saturated fat – less than 12% (12g per 100g) total fat is better than average for most muesli.
  • Check the ingredients’ list for added sugar. It can be disguised as honey, maple syrup, golden syrup or glucose. 
  • Check the NIP for 10% (10g per 100g) or more of fibre. Don’t rely on claims like “good source of fibre” or “high in fibre”. Many types of muesli with higher than average fibre are claim-free.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

World Champs Rundown

Me vs Milous in the -60kg Division
Over the years I have had some pretty good draws at the World Championships but this year it was not to be. I drew the 2010 European champion and hometown hero Sofine Milous from France. I have never fought him before but the French are known for not only having nice Judo, but also being strong with their grips. Milous is a tall fighter that is extreme left and is very tight with his posture.

Throughout the fight he really dominated the grips as well as the footwork and it was so hard to not only attain the inside lapel but also to make sure he didn't control my sleeve. He did an awesome job of mixing up the grips with attacking my feet and I really struggled to get into any sort of rhythm against him. I ended up being penalized three times and then being thrown for a Ko-uchi gari for Waza-ari to lose the fight. My opponent ended up winning his next fight but losing in the round of 16.

In the end I am very disappointed in how I fought but I must pick myself up and keep on going. Because I have worked in the strength and conditioning industry I think of a lot of things in how a muscle works. In order for a muscle to grow in strength and size you must push it too it's limit and sometimes to failure. By doing this it will recover and come back stronger. That's the same with me and my Judo. This competition I was pushed out of comfort zone and lost, but I will recover and come back stronger.

The 60 kg division was won by Rishod Sobirov from Uzbekistan. Sobirov ended up winning his 2nd World Championships and has not been beaten in the last 18 months. Sobirov was very lucky to win his first round and semi final fights but then fought amazingly in the final against Hiraoka to win the day. He really is a great Judoka and when you see someone be crowned 'World Champion' it makes me want to be one so bad. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sobirov Wins -60kg

Sobirov: The Best Judoka of Today wins the Title

23th August 2011.

Japan dominated the opening day of the 29th World Judo Championships in Paris, winning two gold and two silver medals.
But many of their fighters did not find it easy compared to the 2010 event, when they took a total of 23 medals, including 10 titles. With 136 countries taking part, there was unprecedented opposition today as the competition, which also celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the International Judo Federation, got under way at the Stade de Bercy.

All Japan Final under 48kgs Women’s Tournament
The only all-Japan final came in the under 48 kgs women’s  tournament, in which 50 competitors took part and, just as last year in Tokyo, Haruna Asami defeated her compatriot, Tomoko Fukumi. Asami, the younger of the pair by three years at 23 years-old, was the more aggressive as she repeatedly attacked Fukumi, who was warned for passivity. The crucial moment came when he scored a yuko with ouchigari (major inner reap) and this was enough for her to clinch the decision.
Much to the frustration of the French crowd, Frédérique Jossinet, 35, a home favourite during her long career, in which she has taken the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and a host of other podium finishes, was defeated with a morote-seoinage (double handed shoulder throw) by the 21 year-old Sarah Menezes of Brazil. The other bronze medal went to Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary, who added that third place to the silver she took at the European Championships in Turkey earlier this year. She twice countered Charlene Van Snick of Belgium in the crucial bout.
The best of the bests
Rishod Sobirov, of Uzbekistan, who on Sunday was voted the outstanding judoka of today by the International Judo Federation, was a consummate winner of the Under 60 kgs, rarely being troubled in a long day of fighting in which 76 people entered the lightest of the seven classes. In the final, he met Japan’s Hiroaki Hiraoka, third in Tokyo last year. Sobirov was the more positive of the pair with Hiraoka receiving a warning for passivity. The contest was decided when Sobirov broke inside the grip of the Japanese and grasped his opponent round the body, simultanously launching a kosotogake (minor outer hook), which tumbled him to the mat. As he left the mat, Sobirov put up two fingers to the applauding crowd to indicate his two victories in these annual championships.
The bronze medals went to Ilgar Mushkiyev of Azerbaijan and Georgii Zantaraia of the Ukraine, who produced a superb left uchimata (inner thigh throw) to defeat Gwang-Hyeon Choi of South Korea.
Gold for Ebinuma, Second Silver for Cunha
The under 66 kgs division had 81 entries.  Masashi Ebinuma of Japan, who has progressed strongly in the last year since only reaching the last 16 of the 2010 World Championships, defeated Brazil’s Leando Cunha, 30, who was second in those championships in Tokyo. Ebinuma, only 21 and clearly now the favourite for the Olympics next year, had earlier shown a nice variety of techniques, including shoulder and ankle throws. 
In the final against a more experienced fighter, the Japanese twice tried a left uchimata (inner thigh throw). Then a third attempt, he hooked in and grabbed his opponent’s belt, giving him more purchase on the action. He started hopping as Cunha desperately tried to avoid the move. The pair moved to the edge of the mat, and then outside the main contest area until Ebinuma finally succeeded in turning his opponent and tipping him onto his back for victory.
The bronze medals went to Jun-ho Cho of Korea, who produced a smooth seiotoshi (shoulder drop) on Rok Draksic of Slovenia and Musa Mogushkov of Russia, who scored ippon on Britain’s Colin Oates with a sacrifice throw to end the contest.


Earlier today

Surprises for Japan
Japan, still the dominant force in the sport they invented, suffered some surprise defeats  when the first three categories of the 29th World Judo Championships began at the Stade de Bercy in Paris today. Last year, when Tokyo hosted the annual event, they collected 23 medals, including 10 titles, but today they found things more difficult, as competitors from 136 countries also tussled for qualification and selection places for the 2012 Olympics.
One example of Japan’s fragility was when Junpei Morishita, 21, the defending under 66 kgs champion and Asian title-holder, was beaten by Moldova’s Igor Soroca. Morishita had begun brightly by throwing the Lithuanian Vytautas Skilinskas with a superb left osotogari (major outer reaping throw) after 1 minute 2 seconds. However, against Soroca, he got caught in an armlock and although he escaped, he damaged his arm and his opponent then threw him for ippon.
This made the category wide open, even more so when in his next fight, Soroca was himself thrown cleanly by Britain’s Colin Oates, the 2011 European bronze medallist. Normality was resumed when Leanro Cunha, the experienced 30 year-old Brazilian, who was second in the 2010 world championships, next threw Oates with uchimata (inner thigh throw), to reach the semi-finals which will be contested later today.
Cunha will now meet Rok Draksic of Slovenija, who reached the semi-finals with a momentous victory over David Larose of France. Laropse came in with a strong osotogari (major outer reaping throw) but he failed to shift his opponent and came out of the movement off-balance. Draksic  then produced an immaculate kosotogari (minor outer reaping throw) to hurl the Frenchman to the mat.
The officials signalled ippon to end the contest but Larose took some time to agree to leave the mat, clearly believing that although he had been thrown he had landed on his side and therefore a lesser score should have been awarded. What was without dispute, however, was the timing and precision of the counter. 
The key bout in the other side of the under 66 kgs draw was when two medallists from this year’s European Championships met, Tarlan Karimov of Azerbaijan winning on a yuko knock-down over Miklos Ungvary of Hungary. The other Japanese, Masashi Ebinuma reached the semi-finals without being excessivly troubled.
Few Problems for Sobirov
In the under 60 kgs division, Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan, voted by the International Judo Federation on Sunday as the outstanding competitor of today, had few problems in his early bouts. He was expected to meet Japan’s Hirofumi Yamamoto in the semi-final, only for the Japanese to be thrown so powerfuly by Won Jin Kim with a kouchigari (minor inner throw) that he seemed temporarily stunned. He took some time to recover as he trudged off the mat. However, his Japanese compatriot, Hiroaki Hiraoka was rarely troubled and he came safely through to the semi-final, where he will meet South Korea’s Gwang-Hyeon Choi.
The only woman’s class to be contested today was the under 48 kgs, in which 50 judoka took part. Both Japanese fighters reached the last four. Tomoko Fukumi, who was second in the 2010 World Championships, overcame Frederique Jossinet, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist and a regular presence on the podium at major international events, much to the disappointment of the French crowd.
Her compatriot, Haruna Asami, the reigning world champion, is in the other side of the draw and came safely through to the semi-final so they may dispute the final once again. Asami will have to defeat the talented Brazilian Sarah Menezes to ensure that she gets a chance to retain her title.
John Goodbody
IJF Media Team

-60kg Judo World Championships Videos

60kg Final

60kg Semi final 1

 60kg Semi final 2

Bronze fight 1

2011 World Judo Championships - a few ippons

Monday, August 22, 2011

The role of Judo throws in MMA

The art of the throw in mixed martial arts is somewhat misunderstood by fans and commentators alike. When the majority of damage in MMA is inflected by strikes, and the majority of submissions are achieved with holds, what role can throwing people around possibly have?
Throws in MMA achieve three things: the possibility of damage and fatigue, control of distance and position, and frustrating your opponent. On the first point, using leverage to hurtle your opponent through the air can cause harsh impacts with the cage or the mat. These impacts can possibly bruise muscle or break bones. However, each impact is a drain on the opponent's stamina. Throws can be used as an element of beating the inferior conditioning of your opponent.
As most Judo practitioners know, throws are an excellent ways to pick where you will engage your foe. If you want to clinch, throwing your opponent up against the cage is an excellent way to reposition and stun them at the same time. If you want to get them on the ground, but avoid the wrestling aspects that a slam might bring about, a throw to the ground is a great option. Of course strikers want distance, so a throw that sends your opponent away from you and allows you to step back can be an important part of a fighter's tactics.
The frustration factor of a good throw shouldn't be underestimated. Not only does the throw 'score' with the judges on many levels (damage and ring control for starters), but they look quite impressive. This can be embarrassing for one's opponent, and take them out of their game plan. Throws also eat up the clock, meaning that as the fighter is scoring points, he's decreasing the amount of time that his foe has to gain them back.
MMA superstars like Fedor Emelianenko (taking third place twice in the Judo world cup), Chun Li (San Shou world champion), and Karo Parisyan (second in Judo's U20) all understand and use the power of throws in the context of their MMA combat. Given their levels of success, more fighters should probably consider more cross training in one of the throwing arts.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

2011 World Judo Championships - a few photos

 The competition area was enormous and the stadium is going to be awesome, especially when the French Judoka will be fighting.

The warm up area was huge (the best i have every seen) with 16 competition mat areas. I must admit I dont particularly like the red and yellow combination mats.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

2011 World Judo Championships

This international competition is one of the most important meetings along with the Olympic judo competitions. The World Judo Championships are key to the qualifications for the 2012 Olympic games in London.
For the 7th time in history, Paris will be holding the World Judo Championships (Individual competitions in 1961, 1979, 1982, 1997 and Team competitions in 1994 and 2006).
This year's championships edition turned to a new formula: the reunification of the individual and team competitions.
The Palais Omnisport Paris-Bercy (POPB) will see around 900 athletes from all over the world during the 6 days of competition, and 60 000 people are expected to come and support their favourites during the event.



Tuesday, August 23
  • Women : -48 kg
  • Men : -60 kg / -60 kg

Wednesday, August 24
  • Women : -52 kg / -57 kg
  • Men : -73 kg
Thursday, August 25
  • Women : -63 kg
  • Men : -81 kg

Friday, August 26
  • Women : -70 kg / -78 kg
  • Men : -90 kg

Saturday, August 27
  • Women : +78 kg
  • Men : -100 kg/ +100 kg


Sunday, August 28
  • Women teams : -52 kg / -57 kg / -63 kg / -70 kg / +70 kg
  • Men teams : -66 kg / -73 kg / -81 kg / - 90 kg / + 90 kg

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Developing skills at Judo throws

Whether you are watching the Olympics or an MMA PPV, you probably have wished to see a cool Judo throw in a bout. Judo throws can be quite spectacular, and that makes them a sight to behold on the part of spectators. And, of course, it can also be a worthy pursuit to be able to develop a high level of skills with judo throws. Whether you wish to do so for sportive pursuits, self-defense, or personal development, the potential to enhance your skills at these throws can be appealing. That is why you really need to be focused on the basics in order to be effective.
Why should the basics be important? They provide the foundation for all intermediate and advanced performances. And by this, no one is inferring that intermediate and advanced skills entail more techniques or different throws. No, the upper level stages of Judo should always entail performing all the basic moves in combinations and performed well.
Remember, the main basic Judo throws that you learn as a white belt are the same throws you would perform as a black belt. The main difference would rest in your ability to deliver them with a higher degree of effectiveness. This is why you focus should always be on the basic primary moves of the top Judo throws used in competition.
The most basic throws are the O-Goshi, Osoto-Gari, Seoi-Nage, and Uchimata. Yes, there are many more throws that are found in the arsenal of judo. The judo throws listed here are pretty much the prime basic ones that are used with the most frequency in competition to great success. Investing the bulk of your training time with these particular throws is well advised.
When you first learn these throws, you want to do so why practicing them on a non-resisting opponent. Some may wonder what the value would be in performing these throws against someone that was not resisting. The value would be that you would be able to perform the throws with the proper technique and attention to detail. This way, you could work out any bugs in your performance of the throws in order to maximize your effectiveness with them.
You would then want to move onto performing the judo throws with a partner that is giving light resistance. This way, you can see what the common resistance to throws will be and then adjust your performance accordingly. You may notice that your execution of the judo throws becomes a little sloppy at this point but that is fine. The purpose here is to learn the proper way to perform the throws. You are not competing.
Judo sparring would be the next phase to enter. This is also not a form of competition and some may find that a surprisingly statement. In reality, sparring is about developing skills so you are not out there to win but to improve. It is within sparring sessions that you can effectively learn how to perform Judo throws with a high level of skill. Hence, a lot of sparring is recommended.
Andy Janis
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3900297

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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