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Last week Neil Adam’s released his brand new package called Tai otoshi: The ultimate study and when I saw that Neil released a new package I got straight onto it, I reckon I was one of the first people to buy the product. But before we get into it I thought id share with you why I bought this package in particular. My history with Tai otoshi: When we do Judo we are always looking for the perfect ippon. The ippon throw where you throw your opponent with literally no effort…and for me, that throw was tai otoshi. Back when I was training at Marist Judo Clu, at about 7 years old I threw me opponent with a perfect tai otoshi. I pushed, he pushed back and I entered, turning my body so quickly, and he went over my leg as light as a feather. It was aweomse. I still remember that feeling to this day and it’s that feeling that I chase even now,when trainng almost 20 years later. My opponent felt as if wasn’t even inside his jacket, and iwas just throwing the jacket on its own. But from that day on my tai otoshi has never felt the same, it has always felt like it was a touch wrong. I still hit the tai otoshi, but not like tha day. ten over the years I got taught so many different forms of tai otoshi: – feet sqaure – feet split stance – feet flat – one foot flat and one toe up – elbow in the armpit – elbow across like a morote seoi nage – top grip entries – pull the sleeve down – pull the sleeve out and then down – and the list goes on And to be honest now I don’t know what to believe and so I have been teaching what I think is correct since then. So when I saw that Neil had a tai otoshi video out then I jumped on it. Especially because the launch price was $50 off. Straight way after purchasing you log into the effective judo database similar to my University of judo database. From here I noticed that I could download the Morote seoi nage and kuzushi videos as well as the Game of throws bonus material as well. Which was super cool. How the package is delivered and features: When you click the Tai otoshi study button you are shown a breakdown of the entire package. As you can see is it broken up really well. The videos run from 90 seconds up to 12 minutes each. and when you click the video it goes to the video page. From here we can stream the video (which is really fast – even on mobile). On the video page you can make it full screen, edit volume and also change the quality of the video if your internet is a bit slower. Another neat thing is that the playlist is on the same screen so you can easily navigate to other videos quickly.   Once the video finished it will autoplay the next video in the playlist which I think is a cool feature. Lastly a cool, but not needed feature is for you to be able to “mark video as complete’ section of the site. This is great for this package because it is so long, you will know where you are up to next time you log on.   What I loved: Cost: I bought this when it first came out so $47USd was awesome!!and I do think $97 is awesome considering the fact that this video has ver 2 hours of content from one of the best exponents of it. the amount of detail Neil goes into is incredible, heck there is about 120 minuets of video here. Database was great: Neil used an easy to use database to host the videos so well done. The Filming work was great.  First off the video work is doing really well. The camera moves, but not in a way that is sickening when you watch it or shaky. It is jst done in a way that is smooth and easy viewing. Here is a sneak peek of one of the videos:   Cuts were good The cuts between some of the videos is done quickly and easily. In addition the intro to each video is about 5 seconds, so thats not too bad. The feet adjustment video & Attacking stances video In these two videos Neil talks about the problem with static uchikomi and how we often need to adjust or feet accordingly,mainly because our opponent moves slightly in which case we need to re-adjust a bit. Neil explains so so so well the importance of the fact that your entry and footwork must be different if you are fighting an opposite stanced opponent. This video really helped solidify what the heck I am doing with my legs and hips when doing taiotoshi and I cannot wait to go to the club and try out his suggestions. The tai sabaki video section (12 mins long) This I think was one of the best part of this entire video. Neil goes into details where you feet should be when doing static, moving backwards, moving forwards and sideways tai otoshi’s. He shows it in a way that us as coaches can now teach our students by doing it solo first. He starts out by working on the feet, then hips, hands and then the head. He talks about how far away your elbow should be from your body, he talks about ho to do it with uchikomi bands and also ho to have equal balance between each feet. I think this video in itself (for me) was worth the price of the package on its own. Uchikomi section  This section was another gold mine. In this section Neil starts off by showing ou how he does static AND moving uchikomi. yopu can see in this video how his […]