Japanese instructor to assist Judo athletes in Brunei

|     Ishan Ibrahim     |

THE Brunei Sports School Judo Academy has invited a Judo instructor from Japan to present seminars and coaching sessions with Yasuharu Mizuno.

With a wealth of experience behind him, Yasuharu Mizuno is poised to assist the Judo athletes in Brunei Darussalam to new heights.

Working under the auspices Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Kodokan Judo Institute, Yasuharu Mizuno said Judo is steeped in historical concepts and philosophies that coalesce well with techniques that are designed for combat or competition.

Judo has its origins from Jujitsu, said Yasuharu Mizuno. Judo founder Jigoro Kano, who was a Jujitsu practitioner in the 19th Century, realised that Jujitsu had become unfashionable in an increasingly westernised Japan during the reign of Emperor Meiji.

Jigoro Kano formed a collection of physical techniques that were more in line with his objectives for modern Japan, which made the beginning of Judo.

Judo instructor Yasuharu Mizuno (C), Judo Programme Coordinator and Coach of Brunei Sports School Judo Academy Muhammad Ali Rashid bin Haji Muhammad Alipah (R) and Chong Chee Kiong at the Judo Academy. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Yasuharu Mizuno explained that unlike some martial arts where the focus is on either offensive or defensive techniques, Judo can be utilised well in both techniques.

Judo uses the opponent’s power to take him or her down, so the Judo practitioner does not have to be strong or muscularly well-built, he said. Judo focusses on grabbing and throwing techniques, and no kicking, he added.

According to Mizuno, the two very important concepts and practical applications in Judo are the standing and ground techniques.

Yasuharu Mizuno revealed that he also applied to be a coach on a permanent basis to represent Brunei Darussalam.

The Judo Programme Coordinator and Coach of Brunei Sports School Judo Academy Muhammad Ali Rashid bin Haji Muhammad Alipah said its members are keen to promote Judo in the Sultanate.

He said the enthusiasm led to the formation of the Brunei Darussalam National Judo Federation in April 2018 in the hope that members of the public will participate.