Judo Adult Beginners Course

I’ve now finished my judo course – overall the whole experience was great.

The course is specifically set up for adult beginners so the whole class are new starters with no experience, and all of a similar(ish) ages. This made for a great learning environment as we were all on the same level.

The aim of the course content is to teach you the syllabus for red belt which contains a few breakfalls, three throws and three hold downs.

Rather than try a wide range of techniques we focused on the red belt syllabus for the whole 10 weeks.

This might not be as exciting as trying lots of different techniques but I think it was a great way to start out. Now everyone has moved into the main classes we have a few throws that we are comfortable trying in sparring. We rarely get them (judo is hard!), but we can try.

All in all I would recommend the course to anyone interested in trying judo.

I’ve now switched clubs from the Budokwai to Westcroft Judo as it’s 5mins from my house and have been training there on Friday nights.

It’s a great club. Good people and great teaching.

http://westcroftjudo.co.uk/ http://www.britishjudo.org.uk/beginners

Training your weakness

One of the reasons I like MovNat is that it forces you to train your weaknesses. By focusing on a range of skills you very quickly realise which ones you are not good at, and so which qualities you need to develop.

I am finding that Judo is also highlighted weaknesses. In my class we are all beginners, so have similar amounts of skill but different levels of conditioning.

Compared with my classmates, my speed, flexibility and mobility are all fine (ok my hip mobility could be better), but my strength, especially in my legs, is not great.

This is no great surprise. I don’t have a long training background and spent many years building a base. I also hover around 65kg so am generally one of the lightest in class.

My upper body strength and grip are fine but it’s my legs that let me down. A quick look back over my recent training and you can see why. I have been doing plenty of upper body work but just a few sets of swings for legs.

If I’m honest with myself I’ve never really stuck with serious leg training for long – partially because it’s a weakness but also because it is bloody hard work.

It’s time to change that. Not just for judo, it’s a pretty obvious weak link in being ‘fit for life’ as well.

Beginning judo

I was totally hooked on judo during the Olympics – it was simply awesome to watch.

It has inspired me to get back on the mats and start some martial arts training again. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve done any and I really miss it.

I stopped as I was struggling to schedule training around a new baby and an increasing number of late nights at work. If had to choose between going to training or going home to see P, she would always win (and rightly so!).

Life is different now. Family and work are both more settled and I feel like I can commit some time to training.

I never really stuck at anything I trained previously, often because life moved me away from the dojo.

Now I want to be able to sustain training over time which makes judo a great choice.

There are dojos everywhere, just between work and home there are three to choose from, and all are easily accessible.

I’m starting next week on a BJA adult beginners course at the Budokwai. Its a legendary club – the oldest judo dojo outside of Japan.

I can’t wait.