So I've been laying low for the past few weeks - why you may ask? Because my wife just gave birth to our third son! So far, he seems to only be interested in ne-waza. Of course, sleepless nights and all 3 boys have caused me to forgo judo for the last couple of weeks, but I am going back on Sunday to help with the kids class, and will hopefully get two practices of my own in this week.
One of the things I really like about the book, is what he refers to as the 'Technical-Tactical Set' (you can see an example for Tai Otoshi on pp. 80-81). For each technique, he shows how to set it up as a sequence both to and from other throws. For example: turn your blocked Tai Otoshi into a Seoinage.
Granted, it's not earth shattering, but when I first saw it, it enabled me, (generally a visual learner) better understand how to follow-up one technique with another and, more importantly, that attacks aren't one off - there's no one swing of the bat, or taking a shot and waiting for a rebound - the attacks are continuous, and need to come in rapid succession.
On many …