Competition Nutrition for Judo

London Olympics Judo Men

Judo is an intensely physical sport, requiring participants to have excellent upper and lower body strength and power, as well as high levels of both aerobic and anaerobic fitness. As Judo is a weight category sport, power to weight ratio is essential for advancement and success.

Sports nutrition plays a big part in the success of Judo athletes, in training, competition and weight making. Poor sports nutrition, especially in the lead up to a competition, can result in athletes using unhealthy strategies to make weight, which is a huge issue in Judo. Training for Judo can have many facets. First and …read more

Four Judo Throws to Master on the Mats

Learning to become a master at Judo involves focus, determination and dedication; and, as with any other sport, you need an understanding of the basics in order to perfect your craft.
To help you become a better Judoka, we’re taking a look at how you can enhance your throwing technique in preparation for your next opponent and secure victory in style.
Take a look at the following throws and remember to head for the mats with your trainer once you’re done so you can start practicing and improving your Judo skills.

1. O Goshi (Major Hip Throw)
This manoeuvre stems back to the original …read more

Shoulder strengthening exercises



The following shoulder strengthening exercises are designed to improve the strength of the muscles of the shoulder. You should discuss the suitability of these exercises with your physiotherapist prior to beginning them. Generally, they should only be performed provided they do not cause or increase pain.

Begin with the basic shoulder strengthening exercises. Once these are too easy, add the intermediate shoulder exercises. As your strength improves, the advanced exercises can then be added to the intermediate program.

Shoulder Strengthening – Basic Exercises

To begin with, the following basic shoulder strengthening exercises should be performed approximately 3 times daily. As your shoulder …read more

More on Repetition in Judo

When learning a new technique, judo practice begins by thinking through the mechanics of a technique and then repeating the movements, by the numbers, multiple times. This then evolves into hundreds of uchi-komi and nage-komi. But true success in judo is seen when that new technique comes reflexively in randori, executed without thinking. Randori, against an unwilling partner, is the true validation of all that training and repetition. To be successful in randori, or shiai (competition), throws, counters, and combinations must be pre-programmed into the neuro-muscle memory, where they can be triggered by the movements, actions, or reactions of your …read more