I was intimidated to take the Judo classes at Rage Fight Club in Manassas. Just doing BJJ warm ups, I ended up getting surgery by only break falling poorly....duh. What would the aged and feeble OMJJ novice get into with a full program of break falling? Nonetheless, I knew that I needed to learn how to break fall the correct way and I always loved the Ippon Seio Nage/Japanese Whizzer/Shoulder Throw from high school wrestling.
The Judo class is taught by two black belts: 1st and 3rd dan, Victor and Jay. It is really amazing to have two sensai of that caliber teaching a class attended by a small group of students. My hesitations were somewhat unwarranted. I am learning how to do some basics, including break falling. The sparring still has me cautious, as I am not really used to the part of getting thrown. I really enjoy the art aspect of Judo. The end of class Victor does this meditational breathing routine. It is more formal with the bowing and the like but still very casual and non-militaristic. Judo is very fun. It is awe-inspiring to watch and "play" as the throws are more dramatic and exciting than BJJ's ground game. However, it is more restricted given that Judo disallows leg take downs, which with a wrestling background is my standup game. If I could even call it a "game," at this point.;