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A drawing of Judoists performing Nage Waza technique

With many students all over the globe comes a great deal of curiosity, ambition, and adaptability. And what better way to show this than in martial arts! Here, in the judo club of METU NCC, all types of students come to learn in a safe and controlled environment. So, what is judo? Who is the organizer of this club? And who participates in this club?

About Judo

For many, this is a chance to continue their education in martial arts. Because of this, they find a hobby in which they experience great joy. However, not everyone is familiar with this. So what is judo?

Judo is a traditional Japanese martial art. Similar to most Japanese martial arts, its main focus is to subdue your opponent in a quick, controlled, and efficient manner. If you’d like to learn more about judo, click here.

The Head of the Judo Club

The head coaches of the Judo club are none other than Professor Doctor Anar Dosi and his son, Onur Dosi. To learn more about the professor’s academic background and interests, click here. He currently teaches two subjects: linear algebra and differential equations. The professor, a very humble and kindhearted man, only teaches judo for fun. He doesn’t ask for money, only sweat, effort, and joy.

Although having originally been learning sambo (a Russian martial art), he is more than capable of executing and organizing judo seminars. This is because the origins of sambo were heavily influenced by judo. If you are curious about sambo and want to learn more, you can find a lot of information here.

The Family

Professor Doctor Anar Celebrating his Children’s Victory

He is the proud father of two children: Onur and Kezban Dosi. He is a very loving father who celebrates with his family and takes great care of them. His wife, Yakut Dosieva, is also a mathematics instructor who helps out students in the math help room. To learn more about her academic background interests, click here.

However, you should never associate kindness with weakness, as this intellectual family is most certainly capable of fighting. In the clip below, his son, Onur, wins a match by performing a Seio Nage.

Onur Wins by Seio Nage

And this is just the beginning, as his son has improved very greatly over the years with the help of his father: so much that he has even won the Turkish national Judo championship at the young age of 16.

Onur wins his national Judo gold medal in Turkey.
Onur Wins Gold in Turkey

Is Judo Dangerous?

This is complete nonsense. I’ve had my fair share of experiences with many kinds of physically demanding martial arts and sports. Judo is an extremely forgiving martial art. As a matter of fact, it directly translates into “gentle way” in Japanese.

And from my personal experience, judo is far softer and less punishing than karate. I have had two herniated discs, multiple torn muscles, and many other nagging injuries that bother me to this day. But judo is very different since the control is outstanding. In karate, a swollen eye, a bloody mess, torn nails, and sometimes broken bones usually follow after one wrong move.

However, most of the injuries that people training judo attain are a result of conditioning, which has nothing to do with the sparring itself. In other words, the injuries are a result of power lifting, poor maintenance, and so on. This just shows how forgiving of a sport judo really is.

Both the Professor and his son flip me over with ease, and it most certainly doesn’t hurt me tad bit. It’s something I hope to enroll my children into because it teaches them how to defend themselves without physically punishing them. This forgiving environment is of upmost importance when dealing with children and adults alike because it doesn’t damage neither their motivation nor health for training.

The Club

Who Can Join?

Everyone can join this club. Enjoying your time with the professor and his two young children is the only expectation. Just make sure that you aren’t seriously injured before training. Otherwise, as in any sport, you’ll increase the risk of further hurting yourself.

What do we do?

The training usually consists of a weekly three hour training session. For the day and time of the session, contact the professor. The training usually consists of three parts: warm-up, strength and conditioning, sparring. The warm-up should be relatively self-explanatory. It is just to move your blood and prepare your body for the following activities.

Strength and Conditioning

The strength and conditioning can be quite heavy for some at first. But most people tend to get the gist of things sooner or later. After all, it is an athletic sport, to which some degree of strength, flexibility, and muscle coordination are required to conduct the techniques in a proper and elegant manner.

However, do take caution in some of these exercises, as not all of them are safe for amateurs. Luckily, the professor takes great care of his students and always informs the student on whether or not they can perform the drill. Below, you will find a good example of one of these advanced drills, as his son performs an advanced variation of the “head-roll”.

Onur performing an advanced head-roll

Sparring

There are two types of sparring techniques, throwing techniques “Nage Waza” and grappling techniques “Katame Waza”. For those confused between the two terms, throwing techniques are basically a way of off-balancing your opponent to make him/ her fall onto the ground. As for grappling techniques, the only focus is the ground-game “Ne Waza”. In other words, it teaches one how to defend and attack when placed on the floor.

What Has Judo Meant for Me?

Judo has been the stepping stone to learn more about martial arts. Having a background in karate, I always wanted to try out grappling techniques. And although allowed, they are very limited and easily penalized; thus, quite discouraged when compared to striking techniques. The only take-down techniques allowed were clean throwing techniques.

Conditioning Experience

However, I also noticed that my background has given me many advantages in training. For example, since high kicks are a must in karate, speed, flexibility, coordination, and explosive strength are never overlooked. For that reason, karate tends to have a strong emphasis on flexibility, whereas judo tends to focus more on the technique, balance, and strength aspect of training. This is because strength gives you a better defence against most techniques. Try imagining flipping over a tree. It is simply impossible.

For the previously mentioned reasons, I happened to find many exercises to be quite easy for me (e.g. push-ups, splits, splits, crunches, …). The exercises I had trouble with at first were the ones I expected to have trouble with (e.g. take-down defence, cartwheels, handstands, bridges, …). Luckily, the coaches focus on each and every individual there; thus, achieving better progress.

Sparring

And in sparring, I knew how to defend against most takedowns, as I am very familiar with distance and hip control. However, I was very uncomfortable at first with being close up in the clinch and having someone grab my collar. I was just unfamiliar with such positions, as my instinct would be to take distance (as with most strikers).

But once I got used to it, I realized that perhaps my instincts could give me an edge in sparring. For example, my explosiveness and flexibility gave me a chance to perform some techniques instinctively. The “Tani Otoshi” and the “Ura Nage” techniques are ones I found instinctive, mainly because I was good at the timing for counters and the fact that I find myself comfortable attacking the back. However, I still have much to learn, as my technique is still very rusty.

And in “Ne Waza”, it was fairly easy to defend against most submissions. This is because most joint-locks require the extension of the limb (e.g. arm, leg, …). And since I am used to pulling back my strikes as soon as possible, it seems to be quite hard to find the extended limb for most. However, this also means that I will have a harder time finding openings. It also gave me a hard time defending myself from being flipped over.

Both coaches help each and every student individually and focus on their personal strengths and weaknesses. For me, they taught me how to use my background in karate to my advantage. And because of them, I am starting to find my own style of grappling. These reasons, and many more, have given me more inspiration to further dedicate myself to the teachings of judo.

Conclusion

I can most definitely assure you that it has been a pleasure to train under the guidance of both Professor Anar and his son Onur. And do find it quite funny how much older girls from campus struggle to wrestle with the professor’s daughter. It just shows how effective and hardworking they are. As a matter of fact, I consider it an honor and a once in a lifetime opportunity; you don’t always get to train with Olympic level athletes for free. If there is a club I would recommend for everyone, students and instructors alike, then it would be the judo club. And hey if Judo isn’t for you, check out this post to find out some of the other clubs on campus.

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