On August 13 & 14, Aberdeen Judo Academy in conjunction with the Police Judo Association group in Vancouver hosted a two day instructor seminar featuring internationally known sensei Hiroshi Katanishi, 8th dan from Lausanne, Switzerland. The seminar was held in the City of Vancouver multi-purpose Tactical Training Centre located on Glen Drive.
Katanishi sensei is a technical advisor to the European Judo Union, and was at one point trainer of the French National Judo Team. Faouzi Zerrouk, who recently moved back to Vancouver from Lausanne, had been a member of Katanishi sensei’s judo dojo. He invited Katanishi sensei to visit BC as his guest prior to sensei delivering a summer training camp in Montreal August 17 – 21 and this resulted in a plan to have sensei conduct a seminar here in BC. Sensei’s presentations were different than what is normally cover at clinics & training sessions and the overall seminar content was slanted towards bio-mechanics and ‘physical literacy’ development of the participants. As this was an instructor seminar, it covered basics that would allow participants to pass on body management activities to junior and senior judoka in their respective dojo.
Katanishi sensei covered warm-up drills, then into some excellent ashi-waza drills – applied in all directions as opposed to just forward and reverse movements. He covered movement in both tachi-waza (standing) and Katame-waza (grappling) planes of activity, . .again in many different directions! This led into body management – of both tori & uke’s body- in the application of various techniques including uchimata, seoi-nage, osoto-gari, kouchi & ouchi-gari.
Kumi-kata (gripping) drills followed, with relative applications governed by the response of uke to tori’s initial movements.
At the ‘working lunch’ breaks, presentations were made pertaining to police activities. Thursday (Use of Force & National Use of Force Framework – by Sgt. Clive Milligan) and Friday (Police Judo – Sgt. Toby Hinton & Sgt. Mark Steinkampf & Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault). During other breaks we were exposed to demonstrations of Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser gun) use, and police takedown & handcuffing techniques when dealing with suspects/criminals! The handcuffing demos were done by participating judoka from the SFU Police Judo Club; very dynamic and very well done! As well, a number of willing volunteers from the SFU & TTC Police Judo clubs and Aberdeen Judo assisted in the setup and operation of the seminar.
At the conclusion of the seminar, Certificates of Participation, personally signed by Katanishi sensei were presented to each judoka.
Our thanks to Judo BC & Judo Canada for sanctioning & supporting the event!
John Huntley/Faouzi Zerrouk/Chin-I Hsiang / Sgt. Toby Hinton/ Sgt. Mark Steinkampf / Ret. Constable Al Arsenault / Jane Denizmen