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A Jiu-Jitsuka at a Judo/BJJ event

When I found out that there would be a training day for Judo and BJJ in order to let both sports mutually benefit from each other I really liked the idea. I just did not think about the fact, that I did neither the one nor the other sports. And after all Judo is just a selection of Jiu Jitsu technics and BJJ at least has Jiu Jitsu in its name hasn’t it? Also, when this event was announced it was December and I did not really think further than the Christmas holidays. Summarized you could say I didn’t think about it at all, as soon as I had registered for this event.
My thinking started right before the event: what belt should I wear? Technical a white one, but I did not have a white one. Therefore I attended the event with a brown belt, without previous knowledge about BJJ and my rather basic skills in Judo fights.
The event itself was eye-opening. Not only was I severely defeated in all floor fights (which I always considered as my strongest option) but I also learned a lot of techniques I never had thought of before. One example is the use of the Gi itself in a fight: using it to fix your enemy or even choke him was a new possibility. In general this event was really technical and in the end my head was about to burst because of all this new how-know to fix other people on the floor, since also the Judo part of the event focused mainly on the floor fighting.
Concluding I can say that this kind of events are helpful not only to improve in your own sports (which they certainly were for everyone doing Judo or BJJ and attended the event) but also for people like me who come from related sports but do not have particular knowledge about the presented sports. It is an absolutely great opportunity to get to know other techniques you usually do not encounter in your own specific sports. Not only this, already a different teacher than you usually have makes a great difference, as all martial arts have a nearly endless variation and every teacher teaches differently. Therefore don’t miss out those opportunities!


Great results for Mattekloppers in Bartjetoernooi Assen!

Last Saturday (14 April) the Mattekloppers went to the International Bartjetoernooi in Assen. The judokas competing on this day were Paula Borgonje (-57), Josine van Eck (-66), Marcel Schoëttler (-73), Stefan Sulkers (-90), Casper Manting(+90) and Tor Hermansen (+90). Our friends of the Mattekloppers Kim Smit (-57), Twan Hauch (-90) and Mark Breider (+90) were also competing.

Casper, Tor and Mark were in the same poule. Mark won his matches against Casper and Tor and lost his other match to become second. This was Tor’s first tournament in Holland. He won his match against Casper but lost his other matches. This was Casper’s second tournament ever and unfortunately he could not win a match. Nonetheless it was a good experience for all judokas and we hope they will compete in more tournaments!

This was also the second tournament for Marcel Schoëttler. He lost both his matches and was eliminated from the tournament, but another experience richer.

Stefan Sulkers and Twan Hauch were in the same poule and had to compete twice against the same opponents. Stefan won all his matches with ippon. He won with an armbar, a hold and a nice combination of ko-uchi-gari(leg throw), o-uchi-gari(leg throw) and uchi-mata(hip throw). Twan lost to Stefan but was able to win all his other matches with waza-ari. He won with a beautiful ippon-seoi-nage and morote-seoi-nage (shoulder throws).

Josine van Eck started with a loss. She restored herself by winning her next match with waza-ari after a great face-off in the extra time. By winning one match and losing one she became second.

Paula Borgonje and Kim Smit joined the tournament in the afternoon. Paula won her first matches by a hold and a ko-uchi-maki-komi(leg throw) respectively. Kim won her first match with two waza-ari’s. Then Kim and Paula had to face off in the finals. Paula won with two waza-ari’s to become champion in her weight. Kim had to fight after the finals for the second and third place. She won her match with waza-ari and became second.

After the tournament we went home and celebrated our succes in the pub in Groningen!

Christmas 2017

Thank you all for contributing to the good atmosphere of De Mattekloppers. It was a very good year thanks to all good efforts. We would like to see you again next year (January 8, 2018) for a bouncing start of the new year!

A very nice Christmas for everyone!

With warm and festive greetings from De Mattekloppers