I've decided to write a blog dedicated to the school of Jan de Jong. See http://schoolofjandejong.blogspot.com/.
I originally wrote the Jan de Jong story because of demand. This story received an amazing reaction. Not the least of which was that (a) I was seen as De Jong's unofficial historian, and (b) people from the past contacted me to contribute their stories and documents. Harry Hartman has to be the most influential. He trained under De Jong from 1954 to 1958, and he generously sent me his photographs and other documents from that time.
I was down south with a former student/instructor of De Jong's who has his own school. There was also a fellow former student/instructor of De Jong's who is now 2nd dan under Hans de Jong. When they saw the photographs and documents of Harry, they treated them as if they were the dead sea schrolls. This is when I knew that the information and documents I was receiving where considered by some to be very important. This was also the time that I decided to write a blog dedicated to De Jong's story. De Jong's school of thought.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Here is part three of the demonstration grading presented by Sensei Greg Palmer in satisfaction of his nidan grading requirement.
Even though the grading is suppose to be 20 minutes explaining the style/art and 10 minutes fast action, it would appear that this demonstation is longer so there will be more than three parts. It has to be noted that this demonstration is take two as the actual grading demonstration was unfortunately not captured on film. Jan de Jong asked Greg to put it on again so that it would be captured on film.
Comments. Within this part you'll see me limping after a particular throwing technique. That was the result of a repetitive injury to my shins from being accelerated into the mats on a regular basis over six months.
There is a technique where Marcus performs a winding throw on me. Unfortuantely it wasn't the winding throw we developed. He would sacrifice his balance mid-air while I was mid-air and insert his arm behind my neck and grab hold of my other arm. I'd land in a crucifix. Tough technique on me, but what a wonderful technique.
The technique where you see my sacrifice my balance and insert my leg behind Marcus' neck was developed by me. I ended up getting it to the stage that I'd roll up into a standing neck and arm lock. De Jong would get me to demonstrate it in the instructors class at least once a year and get the instructors to train it. They never became proficient at executing this technique :).
This demonstration also starts to show the weapon work of the system. The jo techniques that Greg Palmer demonstrates formed part of a third dan grading.