I walked around the venue observing when I wasn’t coaching. I try to learn and pick up as much as I can from the coaches around me.
Some walk around with notepads, some with audio recorders and others with absolutely nothing.
The Japanese coaches walk around with nothing. Nothing at all. I wondered to myself, how in the world do they do this?
Then I found out how.
The Japanese Judo Federation has a team of people who recorded and logged every match at the Judo Cadet World Championships.
That’s right. Every single match. The Brazilian Judo Federation did this as well.
Their database of judo is so thick and rich that if you compete against one of them, they will know you and what you do before you even line up against them.
If you actually scout people before matches, imagine how difficult it is to find information on people on the internet, the night before competition when the draw/brackets come out. If you are a coach, you know how hard this can be and how nerve racking it is to try to “look out” for the competitor while trying to get your team warmed up so you can get as much information as possible on the competition.
Well, because I know how hard this is and I know exactly how powerful scouting the competition is, I created a product a little while ago call Judo Scouting Reports –> http://www.JudoScoutingReports.com
The personal scouting model that I illustrated and taught in that product is the same model that is used on a grand scale by countries such as Japan and Brazil. I had an in depth discussion with biomechanists Dr. Jun Kubota and Satoru Adachi and they were very open in our discussion and really explained the importance that the Japanese Judo Federation places on video study and analysis.
If there is one thing that I can tell you, it is this. Judo changes. Yesterday’s judo will not work in today’s judo competitive environment. The basics are the basics, but the game doth change. Imagine playing NFL football and not watching video on the team that you are going to play and just saying, “Don’t worry, football is all about blocking and tackling. As long as we have that we’ll be okay.”
NO YOU WON’T.
IF YOU PRACTICE JUDO AND COMPETE IN JUDO AND YOU DON’T TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW TO SCOUT THE COMPETITION IN ORDER TO BEST PREPARE FOR A TOURNAMENT YOU ARE AN IDIOT AT BEST!!!!!!
IF YOU ATTEND INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL JUDO TOURNAMENTS AND FIGHT MATCHES WITHOUT VIDEO TAPING YOUR FIGHTS YOU ARE AN IDIOT AT BEST!!!!
IF YOU DON’T BREAKDOWN YOUR FIGHTS WITH YOUR COACH AFTER FIGHTING AND/OR BY YOURSELF YOUR ARE NOT TRYING TO WIN.
Save your money and stay at home!!!!!!!
Save your money and stay at home!!!!!!
Save your money and stay at home!!!!!
A side message to parents reading this:
“MOM AND DAD, LISTEN UP!!! Your child is entering the world of professional sports once you get on a plane and travel. Fun and games are cool, but what you must understand is that what your kids called extra-curricular is what another kid looks at as being the curriculum. What your child does ‘on the side’ is what this other child does for a living. So please, when you get on the plane to travel, make sure that you’ve governed yourself accordingly before boarding.”
If there is one thing that the Judo Cadet World Championships made very clear it is this. If you are NOT serious about the sport of judo, you needn’t play on this level.
If you are reading this and have been following me from some time, you know I call it like I see it and I will tell you straight up that Judo in the Bahamas will never be the same after this past weekend.
The perspective of Judo in the Bahamas has changed since I started working with the elite athletes there. What some people believe is training and what actually IS training are two different things. Saying that you want to be world class and then actually looking the mountain of work in the face of what its going to take to be world class are two different things.
Training is a 24 hours 7 day a week job until you retire. When you are training, your rest time is schedule, therefore it is part of the training program. You cannot eat what you want, drink what you want, sleep when you want, watch what you want on television when you want. Your day is a set program, a schedule. You are programmed. Almost brainwashed in a sense. You are programmed for competition. If you have never seen world class judo up close, here’s what I’d like you to do.
Watch a world class competitor get ready to compete and then look at the look in their eyes when the referee calls them on the mat to bow.
There is a switch that these competitors hit that turns on something and turns off something. I’m not going to write what gets turned on and what gets turned off because its just not good to write about such things and some people think that judo is a warm and fuzzy sport where two people in pajamas go out there and play around with each other until one gets tired and wants to go to sleep. That is not the case.
I would love to get more in depth with this but I already have here –> http://www.BeyondTheRings.tv with 2x Olympian Taraje Williams-Murray
“Blink” applies to Judo
In judo there’s just not a lot of time to make adjustments from the coaches chair.
Adjustments have to be made quickly and correctly. The problem with making adjustments is that you cannot make them, if you cannot see them.
This is why I was so glad that the IJF allowed the coaches back in the coaches chair. Players, especially young players, usually cannot see what is going on inside of a match to make a proper adjustment. An outside observer who can add some interobserver reliability to their internal thought processes is helpful in facilitating the growth of thier judo mind and ability to adjust during a match. Without a coach in the chair, these players can be crippled, especially if a younger player is competiting against a more seasoned older player. The older player would have the advantage for many years, without a coach in the chair to offset such disparity.
I was able to watch many finals matches, where one player had their coach present and another player didn’t, due to lack of adherence to the IJF Coaching Code of Conduct and the players without a coach suffered because they lacked the input they needed.
Back to my original point……
First of all, get Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink.
Secondly, Gladwell, book really allows you to understand that your ability to quickly process and analyze information in nanoseconds is based upon many things, but primarily your prior experiences. And your age, rank, time-in grade or how long you’ve been doing a thing does not make your blink better than another person’s or worse. Some people have expertise in an area and can see more of a thing with less time to assess than you can with a greater amount of time. This is hard for some to accept but is the truth.
At this Worlds what I saw is that some people’s Blinks are wayyyy off and they haven’t a clue how to fix it.
“We had him wrestle
for a year”
I was able to run down one of the coaches from Mongolia that was on the staff for the 2008 Olympics and that trained Naidan the -100kg Olympic Champion. Naidan was an ex-wrestler but in preparation for the Olympics, they had his cross training with the national freestyle wrestling team for one year.
So much for wrestling hurting your judo huh?
“I’m a blue belt in
During the party after the Cadet World Championships I had an opportunity to speak with one of the Brazilian Coaches and we were talking about Judo and brazilian Jiujitsu and to everyone’s surprise there he said, “I practice jiujitsu. I’m a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.”
So much for the “all you need is judo” approach.
In closing, the Cadet World Judo Championships was an absolutely amazing experience. I was an honor to coach and provide the commentary for the 1st annual cadet world championships.
I think that we should change our rules and allow the judo players at this level to also perform armbars in competition. Many of them had to stop themselves from doing the techniques which they already know.
I’m looking forward to traveling to the World Championships in the Netherlands in the next couple of days.
Take care and thanks for reading,
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, CSCS
4-Time National Judo Champion
World Class Coach
P.S. Don’t forget to get the following resources:
>>> Judo Scouting Reports http://www.JudoScoutingReports.com
>>> Grip Like A World Champion http://www.GripLikeAWorldChampion.com
>>> Beyond The Rings http://www.BeyondTheRings.tv