Judo Do's and Don'ts
By Yoshiaki Yamashita
10th Degree Black Belt
- Study the correct
way of applying the throws. Throwing with brute force is not the
correct way of winning in JUDO. The most important point is to
win with technique.
- First learn offensive. You will see
that defense is included in offensive. You will make no progress
learning defense first.
- Do not dislike falling. Learn the timing
of the throw while you are being thrown.
- Practice your throws by moving your
body freely as possible in all directions. Do not lean to one
side or get stiff. A great deal of repetition in a throw will
be rewarded with a good throw.
- Increase the number of practices and
contests. You will never make any progress without accumulating
a number of practices.
- Do not select your opponents (which
means do not say that you do or don't like to practice with a
certain person). Everyone has his own specialty. You must try
to learn all of them and make them your own.
- Never neglect to improve the finer points.
Practicing without any effort to improve will result in slow progress.
Always recall your habits, as well as those of your opponent,
while making improvement.
- In practice, put your heart and soul
into it. It will interfere with your progress in practice if you
keep on without this spirit.
- Never forget what your instructor or
higher ranking members teach you. During practice you will make
great progress if you keep in mind what they have said to you.
- Try to continue your practice as much
as possible. Applying halfway will result in a very grave situation
in your progress.
- Watch and study throws as mush as possible
when trying to improve and advance. The technique and mind are
just like the front and back of one's hand, meaning they are very
- Refrain from overeating and drinking.
Remember that overeating and drinking will bring an end to your
practice and JUDO.
- Always try to think of improvement,
and don't think that you are too good. The latter is very easy
to do while learning JUDO.
- There is no end in learning JUDO.