Becoming a better judoist – getting better at practicing judo – is, of course, about training a lot and hard on throwing and taking away. But it also requires other training to make you more complete fighter and man. You need to train your strength, and you need to train your fitness. But you must also work a lot with yourself and the mental obstacles you set up that hinder your development.
Judo training is of course the very reason for being good at Judo, and for those who value such things – get new belts and win or place yourself well in competitions. So the most important thing is that you participate in as many exercises as you can at your club to maximize the amount of hours spent on the carpet. Focus on constantly learning new things, new throws and new applications of what you already can.
Work out at other clubs
Visiting other clubs and guest treats there is seen in some budo and judo circles as something bad. Like faking your own club or dissapointing the knowledge that your sensei has to learn. It is obviously a trashy attitude. No person possesses all knowledge, and as in all other aspects of life, you will learn the best of taking more perspectives and learning from many different people.
What you do and learn at your club is certainly good. But for that matter, it’s not wrong to try and practice somewhere else. Guessfully, they will have a different view of some of the aspects of Judo; and learn in different ways, which also works. By guest treating you can try new things, and bring perspective you will benefit from on the carpet.
Compete a lot
Everybody does not like to compete. It’s no wonder and it’s okay to just train Judo because it’s a fun exercise. But you who want to be really good at Judo should compete a lot. It is by measuring your strengths and skills against others as you get a receipt of how well you are and how well you can apply your skills in a more sharp combat situation.
In order not to forget that Judo is primarily a sport, the competition is a central part of Judon. Even if you do not have the ambition to win SM, there are still plenty of competitions to stand in. Most clubs organize open competitions that you can participate in, and most clubs also have some form of club championships to finish a semester or one year. It’s good to start.
Judo is primarily a technical sport, but it does not mean that strength is unimportant. In a competition you will end up in situations where you will tear and pull each other and want to balance each other. Then it’s an advantage to be stronger than your opponent. This is especially true in competitions where you are divided into weight classes. Those who have a certain weight, consisting more of muscle than otherwise, will have an advantage.
For Judo, it is wise to exercise a lot of body weight and exercises that build so-called functional strength. That is, where you work with assymetric weights of different kinds rather than machines. Kettlebells and Bulgarian bags are good examples of such exercise equipment. Make as many situps and pullups as possible. But also barbell exercises like squat, ground lift and the various Olympic lifts will build a good bass strength for Judo.
A judo contest is demanding and quickly builds lactic acid. Often, you’ll also run many games in a short period of time, so it’s possible to be able to recover quickly between them. There a good physics and basic condition is a good investment that will quickly pay off. You may lose the first match, but have you made your time in the race before you will have an advantage against your badly trained opponents in Match 2-3-4.
A fight never only deals with technology, strength or fitness. In a contest between equal opponents, the winner wins the most mentally. Here are a variety of techniques to use. Some like to sit in a dark room and meditate before a competition, others work with mentalization techniques where they “see” themselves win and lift bucklan. Read on and try what suits you and you’ll be a better judoist.