It’s now two days into the world championships and man o man have there been some upsets. 3 X world Champion Ebinuma got countered by Sobirov, Zantarya lost to Pollack in the prelims and Miranda was beating Nakamura in the semis only to get thrown in the last 1 second of the match.
I have uploaded some video onto my Facebook and YouTube channel. I will also be doing some fight and technique breakdowns for my University of Judo members.
I absolutely love the World Championships and every year I learn more and more about the sport of Judo. In this email I thought I’d share with you the 3 things I have learnt so far from the world championships and how that affects you as a competition player.
Thing #1 Referees love penalties
These days the IJF want more ippons and a great way to see people open up, attack and make mistakes is to give penalties. At this year’s worlds referees are giving out penalties like they are going out of fashion. If you get a penalty during the match, chances are you will get one within the next 30 seconds or so. I have seen some matches where a Judoka has racked up three penalties in 70 seconds or so. So don’t do anything to get you a penalty, if anything, try and get your opponent penalized first.
Thing #2 You must score first
If you have watched any of the fights this year you would have noticed that whoever scores first usually wins. They usually score first and then try and hang onto the score and rack up three penalties in the process (but they still win). Learn how to move and grip, move and grip to avoid being thrown and keep your lead.
Thing #3 Sumi and tomoe nage are get out of jail free cards
Everyone seems to be doing a lot of terrible sumi gaeshis and tomoe nage attempts. They do it mainly as a way to escape your opponent who has a very very strong grip. You risk a penalty but a lot of Judoka seem to get away with it.
Thing #4: Fitness is a must.
I have seen a heap of athletes fight well for about 3 minutes, tire and then ultimately lose. As a competition Judoka you need to be in the best shape of your life. This includes not only fitness, but also making your weight easily without having to sauna too much weight.
If you have missed any of the World Championships action you can follow it online at Ippon.org or you can watch it live at Ippon.tv.