Practicing to win is an error

Judo Info site is an excellent resource for information about all aspects of judo.

Judo Training Methods by Kazuzo Kudo has some good advice on important elements of judo practice. Sensei Anna Marie found this article and asked me to post it.
Specifically, she highlighted:

“Practice for practice sake is the basic element of progress. To repeat, practice for its own sake is the key to progress. Rather than thinking of throwing
or downing your opponent, think that he is actually being good enough to become the model on which you can both polish up the techniques you are good in
and learn many new techniques. Pay no attention if your opponent throws you or turns your own attack against you. Practice with the single idea of learning
the body movements and the techniques themselves. In practice sessions use as many right techniques, left techniques, and counter attacks as you can. Naturally,
with all this activity one of these practice bouts can only last two or three minutes. That is all right, but remember, work out, rest a moment, work out
again, rest again, and keep this process going throughout the entire practice session.”

The rest of the article is definitely worth reading too. I think all the advice he gives is good to keep in mind. We need to stop focusing on winning/beating our partner and instead improving our own technique.

Judo Counters & Combinations

On Thursday, I was going on about the need to make all our attacks a sequence of throws. A setup attack, a main attack, a follow up attack and so on. During competition is the wrong time to improvise a series of attacks, you need to practice the series then in rendori you will do the series. As a starting point for some sequences of setup/attack/followups , take a look at: list of combinations.

The End of Summer

Sadly Summer is over, but on the positive side, we can get back to more judo!
Hopefully all of you that took some time off are ready to get back on the mat and get back in shape.
We have cancelled practice for Monday 9/3 but Thursday 9/6 is on.
In addition, We are starting up Saturday practices again. This Saturday 9/8 will be the first one.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Saturday Practice

The long awaited, much anticipated, never under estimated Saturday practice is back!
Because we have moved, we can now once again offer Saturday workouts.
We will start this Saturday from 9:00-11:00.
This practice is only rendori/drills, not much in the way of instruction.
Teenagers/adults only please.
We would love to have visitors from the other clubs, as long as you have an up-to-date judo registration, come on down!

First practice at our new location

Thursday Nov. 2nd is our first practice at our new location.
We had a great turn out to help us move (thank you to everyone who came and helped).
The move went well and we are ready to have everyone join us on the mat.
As we mentioned before, we had to move our practice from Wednesday evenings to Thursdays at the same time.
Our address is now:
304 E. 2nd AVE
Spokane, WA 99202
Hours:
Mon: 6:30-8:30
Thurs. 6:30-8:30.

If you haven’t been at practice in a while come and get back into judo.
Visitors from other clubs are always welcome.
See everyone there.

New Location and Times at Spokane Judo

The East Central Community Center where Spokane Judo has been for nearly 20 years has changed leadership.
As a result, we have had to relocate. Fortunately, we have found a great new location.
We are moving this Monday and our first practice is Thursday Nov. 2nd.

  • Where: 304 E 2nd AVE
    corner of 2nd AVE and S. Spokane ST
  • When: Thursday, Nov.2nd
    Practice from 6:30-8:30
    Practice Days now Mon. & Thurs.

The flyer with this info ishere.

Community Center closed on Monday (10/9

Just a reminder that the Community Center is closed on Monday 10/9 for the holiday formerly known as “columbus day”.
We will be back on Wednesday 10/11.
If you have been taking some time off Wednesday is the perfect day to come back and once again experience judo!
If you are thinking about starting judo, then Wednesday is the right day for that.
Basically, no matter what your involvement with judo, Wednesday is a great day to step it up a level.