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Yongmudo Techniques

Yongmudo Techniques

In Progress: Outline of yongmudo techniques.

Yongmudo training develops proficiency in a variety of skills. These skills allow a variety of choices in response to a given attack.


Rolls & Falls

Rolls are essential for being able to “get along” with the environment around us. Rather than having our bodies fight against the ground when we fall, we can redirect our own energy to be able to get up with scrapes and bruises rather than broken bones. Bottom line: when we fall, we can bounce back up and keep up with the action.

BETTER FALLS, BETTER THROWS...WHAT?    “You don’t understand a throw until you learn how to fall” is a common saying of ours. Learning to fall correctly is an essential skill. Improving throws through practice requires a partner that can get back up afterwards to be thrown again — and again — and again. Then, the roles are reversed and you become the thrown — it’s only fair.

HEALTH BENEFITS?    This short article discusses the benefits of studying judo rolls and falls especially for senior citizens. The author shares that the medical cost of falls in 2010 was 30 billion dollars. It’s worth it to learn a little bit about what to do when we fall and avoid some expensive medical bills.
Go to: Can Learning Judo Reduce Your Risk of Injury From Falls?

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WHAT’S THE POINT?    The objective of throwing is to cause the opponent to become unbalanced and then take immediate advantage before they can recover their stability. It is not about trying to out-muscle an opponent. In fact, the beauty of effective throwing lies in how solid technique can negate an opponent’s reliance upon brute strength and do it in spectacular fashion.

Advanced Throws

BASIC THROWS.    The first throws we learn are hip throw, shoulder throw, major outer reap, and a sacrifice. More...

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Description of a few kicks.

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Strikes & Blocks

Aside from wrestling, striking and blocking are probably the most easily recognized and familiar techniques in the yongmudo repetoire. It takes little imagination to understand raising or swinging our arms for protection and then striking out with a closed fist or open hand. These are very direct movements.

Perhaps more than any other skill, striking is a spontaneous action that anyone can perform. Learning how, when, and where to strike is a valuable lesson and the bones in the hand are not ideal for strike the skull — despite what we see in the movies and on television.

We cover basic blocks: down, middle, upper and strikes (punch, knifehand strike, hammer fist, elbow).

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Submission Wrestling

Wrestling is familiar to just about everyone around the world. Nearly every family experiences some form of it between brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends from an early age. It was familiar to many socieities in the ancient world and formalized into a competitive sport in the Ancient Olympic Games. In Ancient Japan, wrestling was even used to decide imperial succession at least once.More...

Arm Bar
Arm Bar: Submission Hold

Learn about a few similarities and differences between yongmudo and freestyle wrestling. More...

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TAKE DOWN THE BIGGEST ATTACKER.    Attacking the joints is an effective method to subdue, restrain, immobilize, or injure even the largest opponent. Each joint — wrist, ankle, knee, elbow, shoulder, fingers — functions well in very specific angles. When a joint is moved into certain angles with even minimal pressure, it can result in pain, lots of pain. With increased pressure, a joint can be dislocated or broken causing severe injury. An attacker of any size can be quickly discouraged from aggressive intentions and immobilized due to the intense pain and injury caused by an effective joint-lock.

HEY! ROUGH PRACTICE IS UNNECESSARY.    That’s right: you don’t need to break bones — yours or someone else’s — to learn. But, developing these specialized skills requires a certain amount of maturity to practice. Clowning around can result in severe injury. Because these techiques can quickly result in injury, attentive care is needed to practice the techniques and still keep the partner healthy and in one piece. This is why children are not taught these techniques. Not so much because of any cruel intentions as much as a child’s tendency to become distracted and get careless at exactly the wrong moment.

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Forward Roll


Shoulder Throw


Forward Roll


Scarf Hold. Ouch.


Dive Roll


Air Fall
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