This Forum is fantastic, has really helped my judo. But then, I am lucky enough to be around more knowledgeable people to test on the mat what I see here. Often on this forum people ask some really, really basic questions. But I can't help but wonder, where are these folks learning their judo that they have to ask? Some possibilities come to mind, please add or subtract form this list.
- The person asking the question has received an answer, but doesn't like the answer ... for example sensei probably told him (I will use him because it's usually a him) not to worry about that yet and he comes here because he still is seeking the answer he agrees with.
- The person is largely self taught, is working in an environment with few judo teaching resources. Good for them! I can guess this is occurring when a brown belt is considered a high rank, for example.
- The scary one is that sensei simply doesn't know ... but won't admit it ... or worse that sensei does not allow questions (which would be anti-judo in fact). It's one thing to see something, evaluate, and then reject it. It's another not to see it at all.
This last one has a lot to do I think with isolation of judo clubs, either by geography or intent. I speculate judo teaching is sometimes the victim of:
- Dissipation, it's only possible for a person to retain a certain amount of what they learn and this problem compounds in every generation. We all have seen people post here with positive intentions with no other way to find an answer ... all questions to some degree have to do with missing or lost information;
- Physical error, either what was learned in the first place was incorrect, or the teacher's subsequent attempts as clarification did not lead to correct conclusions;
- Mental error ... on this list are things like ego, laziness, envy, hate and so on. I know clubs that wall themselves off from the world. They don't want anyone interfering with "their method" ... and sometimes react with hostility to even the suggestion that someone else might be successful doing something another way. (I note that the walled-off programs often do not produce judoka who are successful in shiai.)
I am glad to see basic questions because questioning my own judo is part of making it better every day. It might not otherwise occur to me to take a second (actually 4,733rd) look at ukemi. Anyone care to contribute thoughts?
This post has been edited by billc: 12 June 2011 - 07:07 PM