The 9 Throws of the Mountain is a challenging kata within the Collier Method of Judo. The kata begins with a simple throw. After the first throw has been completed, tori attempts the same throw again--but uke blocks it. When uke blocks the first throw, tori throws uke with another throw. When tori tries the two throws again, uke blocks them, so tori throws uke with a third. This continues progressively until tori has completed 9 throws. This kata begins to teach the students how to attack continuously, logically connecting each throw with the next. This shows the coherency of Judo. Here is the story behind the kata:The 9 Throws of the MountainThere was a hard working judo student named Ty. He lived in a small village at the foot of a mountain. One day an evil judo student came to his village. He challenged Ty. The evil man said: "I have heard you are strong at judo. I must defeat you." Ty accepted the challenge, but was unable to defeat the evil man. Each time Ty would try to throw the evil man, his throw was blocked--then the evil man would throw Ty.After the match was over, an old man told Ty that there was a skilled judo teacher who lived atop of the mountain. The old man told Ty that this teacher could show him how to defeat the evil judo student. Ty climbed the mountain and asked the judo teacher how he might win against this evil opponent. The teacher told Ty that although his throws were strong, he did not know what to do when one of his throws was blocked. The teacher showed Ty 9 throws that form a sequence. When the first throw is blocked, the next throw is to be done, and if that one is blocked, then another throw, and so on until the end. The teacher said that when Ty's understanding grows strong enough to do all 9 throws in perfect sequence, then Ty will be able to defeat the evil judo student with the final throw in the chain.When Ty returned to the village, he challenged the evil judo student. The match began. Ty attacked with the 9 throws he learned atop of the mountain. The evil student blocked the first, then the second throw, but as he continued to block each throw, Ty would switch to the next throw in the sequence. The evil judo student tired, and by the time the last throw was executed, the evil judo student was too tired to defend against it. The evil judo student was thrown and defeated. Everyone cheered, while the evil student left the village. The sequence has come to be called:The 9 Throws of the Mountain.
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