The Olympic Trials will be here soon and I would encourage you all to do one thing…… GO!!
If you have children who are judo players are that do any of the Olympic Sports, then go to the trials. It is an experience of a lifetime (http://www.theexperiencedvd.com)
Going will give you and your children a newfound respect for dedication, it will allow you to push harder in your job, your school work, in your family life and in all areas. It will literally inject into the “umph” that you need to get going.
And you will get an opportunity to look the word SACRIFICE in the face.
So, listen to The Judo Crusader for once will ya?
“4 Things That You Can
Do Right Now To Improve Your
Now is the time to get your “ducks in a row” and decide that you want to be a better judo player. And I’m going to tell you exactly how to do it. Are you ready? Great!!!
1. Get A Throw Mat!
If you do not have a throw mat for your club – GET ONE!! If you don’t have one then round up a couple of your buddies and put your money together and get one. I bought my fi rst Th row Mat when I was practicing in Massachusetts back in 1998. I was practicing at a small club on the “off nights” when I wasn’t practicing with Jimmy Pedro. And I knew I had to practice throwing. So I called this company called Tiffi n Mats and ordered the mat. As a matter of fact you can call them at this number 1-800-843-3467 or you can go to there website www.tiffinmats.com and get a throw mat. Just so that you know. Th e mat that I bought is still in Foxboro, Massachusetts getting used to this day.
I know you are asking why you need this mat. Well the answer is in number 2.
2. Get the reps in!
THROW, THROW, THROW!!! You can definitely improve your throwing abilities by doing more throwing. Now, I DO NOT LIKE being thrown on the ground and I’m sure you don’t either and the chief reason is because it FREAKIN’ HURTS! Th at is one of the major reasons why you can count on one hand the times that I’ve been thrown for ippon. I just refuse to fall! And if you practice Brazilian Jiujitsu, then you know how diffi cult it is for you to get someone in your school or class to take some falls for you while you practice throwing. FUH-GET-ABOUTIT!!
It ain’t gonna happen. But, and this is a big but, if you have a nice soft mat for them to fall on – they will be more willing to take falls for you and you will be more willing to take falls for them. And you will watch and see EVERYONE’S throws improve. And the better everyone gets, the better you are going to get.
3. Make your practices measurable and accountable.
After getting the mat and deciding to throw, make sure you decide and plan how many throws you are going to do per night after practice. Notice that I said, AFTER practice. Th at means that this is some extra work that you have to do so that you can get the edge.
4. Ask Permission
PLEASE RUN IT BY YOUR INSTRUCTOR FIRST!!!! Please respect your instructor, your dojo and the place where you practice by asking if you and your “buddies” could get together and purchase a gift for the club. If you practice Brazilian Jiujitsu, ask your instructor if they wouldn’t mind incorporating some throws in practice. AFTER you and your buddies have started doing the throws after practice first.
If you get some throw mats for your club you will see how you will improve greatly. When I lived at the Olympic Training Center I can tell you that we easily would perform 75 to 100 throws a night. And that is outside of the hundreds of uchikomis, randori, drills, warm-ups and cool-down.
And from that a few things happened. First, I got comfortable with throwing. Secondly, I become proficient at the throws I practiced. Third, I believed that I could throw people. Fourth, my abdominals, my back and my legs – my whole body – was trained in the way that I need for it to operate during competition. So whatever you do, get the throw mat and get started.
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Rhadi Ferguson (a.k.a. “The Judo Crusader”)