If you have done Judo for more than 2 training sessions you learn pretty quickly that Judo is more than just strong arms – it uses every aspect of our physicality. That is why it is so important that we are functioning to the best of our ability. This functionality includes being strong, being fit, being flexible and mobile throughout our entire body. Perhaps the most common mobility deficiency resides in the hips. In my own case, it was a lack of hip mobility that led me to tearing my abductor tendon. For 18 months I had very limited movement in the hip capsule and got tossed with more Uchimata’s and had my guard passed more times than I care to remember.
In this day and age we tend to not use our hips very much. We are always in a sitting position either while on the bus, car or train or while we sit all day at work on the computer. Unfortunately sitting down weakens the glutes and shortens the hip flexors and when these muscles become weak the lower back takes over resulting in an injury waiting to happen, either in the lower back, groin or hamstring.
If we put this in Judo terms we can see a major problem. How often does your coach say “Use your hips,” or “Thrust with your hips”, “move your hips” and “get your hips low and engage your core.”
I don’t know about you but my coach says that to me and my team mates all the time.
Our hip strength and mobility is so important but a lot of us neglect this area of our body. It’s a shame, because our hips are obviously designed to generate a ton of power. The ligaments, the tendons, the musculature, and the bones in that region are all dense, hardy, and robust – they’re made for activity and mobility – but too many people are selling their hips short.
In late 2013 Eric Wong release a new product called The Hip flexibility Solution. This program is designed to improve your overall hip joint flexibility and restoring your hip mobility which will help your Judo in several key areas.
- It will reduce or eliminate lower back and/or knee pain stemming from overcompensation.
- It will improve your power output by allowing you to fully engage your posterior chain in training exercises like squats, deadlifts, kettlebell swings, and any of the Olympic lifts, while making them safer. This will easily transfer into your Judo game.
- Improve the strength and power of your hip extension which is great for throws such as uchimata, seoi nage and ogoshi
- It will improve your rotational strength; instead of rotating with the lumbar spine (a huge no-no), you’ll generate power with the hips – perfect for every single Judo throw as rotational strength is everythig
- It’ll improve speed for better throwing entry’s
- Hip mobility will improve your relationship with the rest of your body. Because the hips are the most common sites of poor mobility, many people are walking around with dysfunctions borne of overcompensation.
Fixing hip mobility won’t fix all of your problems, but it will eliminate a major stressor on your system as a whole simply because so many injures stem from the hips joint.
If you are suffering from any groin, hamstring or lower back pain and you have poor hip and groin mobility then I highly suggest you check out the Hip Flexibility Solution by MMA Stength coach Eric Wong.
Eric has helped thousands of people fix their hip mobility and pain through his unique 3D recovery system.