In many judo countries, athletes have the best facilities to train with partners, to find the best opponent on the mat. Off the rug athletes also train with alternative methods in the gym to stimulate muscles, get in better overall shape, and strengthen and train muscles so that they understand what is needed long after a fight or when alternate throws are developed as the answer to the new rules. All about fitness and judo.
However, when judo is not always the top priority in countries or when there is no money at all, athletes from all over the world still want to make a connection because judo is a global sport with more than 200 members of the International Judo Federation. When facilities are not optimally available, you have to think of alternatives, and in fact they can be found anywhere. Everyone wants to fight in the judo arena under the same conditions. On the mat, preparation is different, many hours outside of judo dojo and requires discipline. Judo can be decided in a few seconds, and any bad move can determine the outcome of the match.
Alternative Training Methods Stories
You may know the stories of alternative training methods, stories from Georgia, Mongolia, Korea and Japan. Georgians are masters of alternative fitness. It starts in a simple way by working on general fitness in the woods, in the mountains and in alternate locations with training camps with lots of alternate methods. For working with trees and ropes under harsh conditions. The stories are not new, in the time of Anton Jesink in the sixties, there were training camps in Japan, in France where athletes were working trees and lifting heavy loads to get fit and train muscles.
You may have seen these videos from Korea working out on the streets. Jumping, slalom, carrying your partner on your shoulders, running up stairs, and countless push-ups are all part of street training.
Snow training for Mongolians is also impressive in very difficult conditions with the same type of exercise and cardio exercise under freezing conditions.
Athletes in the Kaukasus region do a lot of exercise in the mountains. One by one, the partners lifted the stairs, as many Japanese do in city parks.
Easy inventions with sacks or even sand-filled judos are an alternative to today’s toss puppets. Increase your performance with the perfect fitness equipment such as Bulgarian bags, dummies or jump ropes and various grips. But you can find many alternative materials such as tow truck tires filled with sand or stones.
Judo training during the COVID-19 pandemic
In fact, due to the COVID-19 period, athletes were forced to find alternative ways as gyms were closed and judokas had to find ways to keep themselves fit when events opened, but it took much longer than expected. Not everyone can afford to buy a home gym with items like medicine balls and fitness items. Alternatives such as judoji grabbers were popular to increase the strength of the fingers to grab. But a simple gym for adults and children at home can accommodate everyone, and it is inexpensive.
Throwing stones can very well mimic throwing up urine. The Armenians showed us how to train in the mountains and lakes as they threw heavy stones into the backyard.
Fitness doesn’t just mean getting stronger. As you get stronger, you may lose your speed, while muscle training is also a matter of training speed. Speed in judo plays an important role. You will be able to make a faster throw.
Fitness training is not only practiced in the gym. We wonder how you discovered your alternative method of training.