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First things first...

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This is my personal experience of judo.

Your experience of our sport may be entirely different.

Whether your experience is different or similar, please share and let us know more via this blog or my judo twitter @goodkuzushi




I came to judo just over a year ago with two objectives:

- To learn how to defend myself.
- To get fitter.

In this year, judo has given me a lot more than I bargained for...

Now you're probably thinking that developing fitness for randori and competition is tough.

Well believe it or not, I've found that has been the eas(ier) bit.

Couple of slots for judo training in the week, so physical training (gym, running etc.) can be scheduled in preparation.

As we all know, fitness doesn't come easy, but having an objective (and an iPod) has helped in getting past the boredom of the treadmill or the leg press etc.

What has been much tougher is the need to keep going in the face of small injuries, the way that I can't and will never (possibly;-) be able to learn a technique, the way that (sometimes) I have trouble determining which hand is left and which right and the feeling that no throw I do is going to work, ever!

Add all that and much more together (with a huge pinch of salt) and telling oneself that all will 'come together at some point' seems a bit weak.

Then, during one training session, one throw works, once!

Then, in the following session, it doesn't work at all, nor in the next session, nor the session after that...

But persistence has paid off and I can now do some throws and ground work, sometimes quite well !

Comfort with complexity - I heard the saying recently that the 'more easy something seems, the more difficult it is' Well, judo has proved this point to me and then some!

I've also learned that the hard work really begins when a technique can be done.

This means that entries into throws, counters, combinations, variations on throws, variations on the variations of throws. Then counters, combinations and variations for ne waza too. Not to mention transitions from throw to ground have to be worked on as well as making sure the basic throw or ne waza technique is not forgotten in the meantime.

Although it might seem daunting, I've loved (nearly!) every minute.

Getting a throw or ne waza technique right is rewarded by learning more about how it fits into the bigger picture. It's a real kick (in a good way!)

In a way, learning judo is a little like learning a new language.

It's so difficult in the first stages just being able to pronounce a few words and phrases properly, then it happens.

Pretty soon some sentences start to come along, then things get more complex from that point on.

And it feels great when you make that progress!

In the next blog I would like to look at one or two other things I have learned in the past year.

For now, it would be good to finish this blog considering just how much a team sport judo actually is.

Over the past twelve months I have trained in several clubs and with a large number of fellow training partners.

I can honestly say that every person I have trained with has been helpful and supportive.

Above all else, they've been patient and that, in the early stages, makes developing technique a little easier.

That's all for now and I look forward to hearing from you with your experience of judo and all things associated.

Bye for now,


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Eddie Mullen mullen 

25 January 2012 - 12:12 PM
Hi Mike,

Yes Judo is a life time of learning, you will never have a full cup, if you do then you have given up.
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