In episode 6, I talk to Niko Dax, a judo black belt, instructor, and the most knowledgeable dude on the elite-level judo competition circuit than anyone I’ve met in the judo community. Here are some topics we talk about: The role of sport judo in growing the art. The top American judoka. The difference between ground work in judo and BJJ. History of judo and japanese jujutsu. The ratio of tachiwaza (standing technique) to newaza (ground techniques). “Crazy” is the best technique in a street fight. New judo rules on leg grabs and gripping. Tamerlan Tmenov striking fear into the hearts of his opponents. Etc.
Niko Dax on a rule of thumb to use when learning a technique in judo:
“If you feel that the technique requires power, then you’re doing something wrong.”
Here are links, videos, people, things mentioned in this episode: