If you want to become a competition judoka then you need to get your head around transitioning into newaza. A lot of people say that newaza is just bjj but these people are a touch ill informed. Yes, BJJ is great for your awareness on the ground (and this may cary over into your Judo newaza) but the main difference between judo and bjj is the transition from standing to the ground as well as the turnovers and techniques we do when attacking a defensive turtle position.
In the video below we see a very nice sequence from Australia’s 60kg Champion Kai Png.
We see kai attacking a turtle position with a butterfly hooks which in turn opens up his opponent for a Koshi jime (clock choke), his opponent escapes the koshi jime but remains in a defensive position. What I love about this is the fact that Kai doesn’t have the mindset of “Oh well I missed the first technique so I only get one shot”, Kai gets back in there and attacks again. This time with a rolling strangle and finished his opponent with a jigoku jime (bow and arrow choke).
The second transition shows a young Aussie Judoka Josh Katz using one of my favourite newaza transitions (see my video below), which is a deashi into a koshi jime. Although his opponent puts up some pretty good defence so Josh does a variation of this strangle (that i have never seen before) by wrapping is leg in between his opponents legs to get the roll and the submission win.
In the video below you see me doing a failed deashi into a rolling strangle, although it is in a bjj comp. The key is to keep the lapel after your deashi attack.
Here are two really cool newaza transitions that have happened over the past 6 months.
Technique videos for you to start drilling
Here are some really easy newaza transitions you can start drilling to improve your ground game:
Mindset for newaza transitions
And for fun here is one of the best Competition Newaza Compilations going around: The biggest thing you notice is the aggressiveness these Judoka bring to newaza. They are looking at getting a score, not just attacking to see what might happen. The more you search and hunt for submissions, the more often you will get them!!