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Do's and don't's in learning judo

By Professor Yamashita Yoshiaki, 10th dan, Kodokan

  1. Study the correct way of applying the throw. Throwing with brute force is not the correct way of winning in judo. The most important point is to win with technique.
  2. First learn offense, and you will see that defense is included in offense. You will make no progress learning defense first.
  3. Do not dislike falling. Learn the timing of the throw while you are being thrown.
  4. Practice your throws by moving your body as freely as possible in all directions. Do not lean to one side or stiffen. A great deal of repetition in a throw will be rewarded with a good throw.
  5. Increase the number of practices and contests. You will never make any progress without accumulating practice.
  6. Do not select your opponents (which means do not say that you do or do not like practice with a certain person). Everyone has his own specialty. You must try to learn them all to make them your own.
  7. 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.
  8. In practice, put your heart and soul into it. It will interfere with your progress in practice if you train without this spirit.
  9. Never forget what your instructor or other high-ranking members tell you. During practice you will make great progress if you keep in mind what they have said to you.
  10. Try to continue your practice as much as possible. Training halfheartedly will result in a very grave setback to your progress.
  11. Watch and study throws as much as possible when trying to improve and advance. The techniques and mind are just like the front and back of one's hand, meaning they are very related.
  12. Refrain from overeating and overdrinking. Remember that overeating and overdrinking will bring an end to your practice of judo.
  13. 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.
  14. There is no end to learning judo.
"The Judo Textbook: In Practical Application" by Hayward Nishioka
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