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23 Dec 2020 12:30

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Whether you are practicing judo competitive as a professional or just because it is a hobby and passion of yours, it is important for you to constantly work on your skills and go to the next level. Guest author Lucas Goldberg shares some great tips on how to get better at martial arts.

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Is judo your best sport?

We know you are a judo fan, but we are also aware that judoka have multifunctional skills that are required to be successful in other martial arts or even if you convert to sports like rugby. In general you may be curious about other martial arts like Sambo or Wrestling or MMA and are looking to start learning a martial art, it is important for you to select the one that fits. There are physical martial skills and mental martial skills.

Every country and team also has its own skills. Canadians like working on both the physical and mental parts at the same time. So, while they are practicing their physical martial art skills at an academy, they often end up playing online games at Casumo Casino to improve their eye and hand coordination.

Judoka are familiar for their feeling of the whole body, they understand pain, they know how deep they can go and they have the ability to perform in other spots too like rugby ju-jitsu and the popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) has caught the attention of some judoka. The sport has grown significantly in the last decade also thanks to some judo athletes and hence there are a lot of individuals who are learning a combination of martial arts as they look to improve their MMA skills.

Cardio

Whatever martial arts skill you decide to practice, you are going to need to be in good shape. The last thing you want is to do a few rounds of practice and find yourself short of breath. The huffing and panting will not only show your opponent that you are tired but it will also have a huge impact on your mentally. Especially in this time, judoka have to stay in shape with cardio and their own home tools to stay fit.

Fatigue plays a major role when you start to seriously get into martial arts. We have also noticed that some judoplayers have dealt with their fatigue during the corona crisis and came out really well. The best way to build your cardio endurance is to run. No amount of weight training will make up for cardio. Whether you decide to run on a treadmill or run on a track – it is important that you do it on a daily basis and build your endurance levels. 

YouTube will help you in this period

If you are on a tight budget, you can always go online and look at different judo videos. We advise you to talk to your coach or find some free judo or fitness videos on YouTube and learn from them. There are lots of initiatives in each language to benefit from in this corona period with lockdowns everywhere.

It is important for you to take the time to do some analysis yourself. You can do this by watching a lot of judo videos making notes of what you learn from your opponents. JudoInside is the perfect entrance for that.

One way we encourage our readers to study is to find your favourite martial arts fighter and watch their fights. You can take away a lot of positives based on the fights they have won and you can learn from their mistakes based on the fights they have lost.

Judo as a mindset

The mindset of a judoka is very different from the mindset of the common man. We are not just someone who have learned a special skill but also we are someone who learned how to show honour and respect. A martial artist is not a bully looking to impress or intimate another person with their superior skills.

On the contrary, a judoka is looking to defend and protect based on the skills they have acquired. Mental martial arts is not a one-off process. It is something that takes place on a daily basis. Ukemi is the basis of many benefits you will experience in your life at all ages.

Randori and practise is key

No matter how much you learn and study, at the end of the day you want to put what you picked up into practice. As a judoka need to spar on a regular basis. You need and want to spend time on the mat. There is no running away from this process, ideally not even in corona time. The more you practice the better you become although judo is  very competitive sport with lots of people who practised it for over 10,000 hours. If you are a casual judoka, you need to practice a minimum of twice per week.

Conclusion

We would definitely recommend learning more than just judo. But if you or your children or family are just starting out, we would suggest motivating them into judo as they will use all muscles and you can take judo into life forever. Judo is a mindset.

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