Everything Judo and some musings about life with Shintaro Higashi and his trusty sidekick Peter Yu.
Most Judoka participate in Judo in group settings, but some utilize private lessons. Are private lessons useful? How should we approach them? Shintaro gives his perspective based on his experience as a student and a teacher in private lessons.
What is Kata? Why is it controversial? How can it be beneficial to our Judo journey? Shintaro and Peter discuss how we should approach Kata as we practice Judo. Just a bit of an ad to support Peter's family: please check out Peter's mother-in-law's handmade bucket hats! Perfect for this summer!
A perfect Ippon throw doesn't exist in a vacuum-- it needs to follow "precursor skills." Shintaro and Peter discuss what exactly these precursor skills are and how we can learn them effectively.
Since being introduced by the founder of Judo Jigoro Kano, the belt system has been an important part of virtually all martial arts. How did it come about, and how should we approach it? Shintaro and Peter discuss various aspects of the belt system to provide a balanced view on it.
Shintaro has produced a number of Judo videos over the years, and it may be challenging for people to navigate through them. In this episode, Shintaro gives a short guide to his videos from the technique-specific YouTube videos to the curriculum-based instructional videos.
The pandemic situation in New York City is finally getting better thanks to the successful vaccine rollout, and Shintaro can finally reopen his dojos to more students. In this episode, Shintaro tells Peter how his reopening efforts have been going and how excited he is to see students back on the mat.…
Shintaro recently went to the 2021 USA Judo Youth National Championships in Salt Lake City with one of his students Luka. It was a great event where he could catch up with his old Judo friends, and check the current status of US Judo, as well as its future. In this episode, Shintaro tells Peter what his experience was like at the Youth Nationals.…
One of the key elements of the success of Shintaro's gyms, KBI and Kano in Manhattan, is his success in reaching out and retaining students. In this episode, he goes into detail about how he did it and offers advice to other dojos.
Fitness and grappling go hand in hand. Being fit will make you a better grappler, and being a better grappler will make you fit. In this episode, Shintaro discusses some of his philosophies and routines he has about fitness for grappling with Peter.
Shintaro has had many sensei throughout his long Judo career, from his father to Jimmy Pedro. As a sensei himself now, he reflects back to all the influences his sensei have had on him as a Judoka, as well as a human being.
In Peter's absence due to his busy schedule, Shintaro goes solo and talks about vulnerable moments in his Judo career: when he was outclassed by a competitor, when he wanted to quit and when students inspired him.
As a true martial artist, Shintaro has never shied away from other martial arts, especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He's been at the center of the New York BJJ scene, training with the likes of the Gracies, John Danaher, Bernardo Faria, Brian Glick and many others. In this episode, Shintaro talks about how he started BJJ as a Judoka, and the impact hi…
Everyone has his/her own Judo journey, and it's important to develop your "own Judo" to be more successful and, most importantly, have fun. In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about how one can develop his/her own Judo.
Utilizing online content to learn Judo is becoming increasingly popular. As with anything online, it's important to filter out "noise" and consume only the good content. Shintaro and Peter talk about some of the strategies you can use to pick out good online Judo content and integrate it effectively into your daily training.…
What does it mean to be a better grappler? How does one become a better grappler? Is it about strength? Techniques? Toughness? Shintaro and Peter discuss these questions in depth.
Shintaro and Peter talk about important etiquette that needs to be followed around the dojo. The dojo is a place where people with all kinds of background and skill level come together to practice Judo, and it can be confusing for some to navigate through the complex social interaction. However, it is important to keep the dojo etiquette in mind an…
The infamous leg grab ban! Introduced in 2010, it is by far the biggest and most controversial rule change ever introduced to Judo. Are Shintaro and Peter for it, or against it? Listen in to find out!
Shintaro has been training in Judo his whole life, all over the world. Some of the places he's trained are NYC, Japan and Massachusetts. He has so many interesting stories from his Judo training days, from his experience as a high schooler in Japan to training with Olympic champions like Kayla Harris and Travis Stevens in Massachusetts, and he shar…
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about the business of martial arts-- how to make money doing martial arts! Shintaro has a wealth of experience from running successful Judo clubs in Manhattan, growing his YouTube channel, and graduating from NYU Stern business school.
In this episode, Shintaro interviews Peter! They talk about how they met, how Peter started Judo, and what he does outside of Judo.
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about Judo strategies-- grip strategies, combinations, newaza transitions and many more!
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about how to "make it" in Judo. It is important to remember that there are many ways in which one can succeed in Judo. It really depends on what Judo means to you. Is it a hobby, an educational tool, or even a career as a competitor?
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about different styles of Judo practiced around the world. As a global sport, Judo is practiced in many different countries, and each has a unique culture and history. It is fascinating to see how each country has developed its own unique style of Judo.
In this episode, Shintaro recounts the history of his dojo, Kokushi Budo Institute, and tells a fascinating story about the Higashi Family and the American Dream that spans decades from war-torn Japan to the bustling streets of New York City.
In this episode, Shintaro sits down with Emil Berengut, a senior physical therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC, to talk about the discipline of physical therapy, injuries treatment and prevention, and effective training methods.
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter tackle the age-old question: Is Judo good for self-defense?
In this episode, Shintaro talks to the bronze medalist of the World Sambo Championships and an old friend, Mattia Galbiati.
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter discuss the pros and cons of using Japanese technique names in Judo and other martial arts.
In this episode, Shintaro talks with his old friend, Rio 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Travis Stevens.
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about the famous Friday Night Practice at Shintaro's gym Kokushi Budo Institute.
In this episode, Shintaro and Peter talk about their experience going to the 2016 US Judo Nationals as a team.You can watch Peter's video from the trip here: https://youtu.be/OzIjUczwM1o
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