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Team Cactus Sage preforms well at inaugural freestyle scrimmage

posted Feb 24, 2016, 7:02 PM by Robert Nolan   [ updated Feb 24, 2016, 7:03 PM ]
Team Cactus Sage was out in force Sunday February 21st at Arizona's Inaugural Freestyle Judo Scrimmage. The Scrimmage, equal parts exhibition and tournament, had skilled practitioners from Arizona's Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Muay thai clubs locked head to head in exhibition style matches containing the newly founded Freestyle rule-set of Judo. Freestyle Judo, a rule-set of Judo founded largely by 7th Dan Steve Scott of Welcome Mat Judo, harkening back to the early days of both Kodokan Judo, and Kosen Judo by incorporating elements of wrestling, juijitsu, and early judo. Whats the difference ? The freestyle rule-set largely deals with techniques and point allocation. Several techniques now banned in IJF Judo (including leg picks) are still allowed and encouraged by Freestyle Judo because of the equal emphasis on both Tachi waza (standing techniques) and Ne waza (ground techniques). Because of the equal emphasis on aspects of standing and ground technique, point allocation is much similar to BJJ or wrestling. A Judoka can still gather a win by Ippon (which is still done by executing a perfect throw) but anything less than that is awarded points according to the type of technique used and so on. Team cactus Sage ended the day taking 1st or second place in all categories! While exhibiting, hands down, some of the best technical knowledge and best throws of the event,  Team Cactus Sage also helped to spread the message of Judo's viability as a self defense system and in the sheer amount of enjoyment to be had in the practice of Judo. If you are interested in Judo and are in the area of central Phoenix, don't hesitate to contact the staff of Cactus Sage School!