Developing Your Judo #26


#26: Physical Skills For Fitness
The last time we talked about how fitness can be considered "super-wellness" at the extreme end of a health continuum.  In other words, you can be sick, healthy or fit, and move back and forth between the two extremes. However, let's just now talk about being fit for JUDO.  Judo requires a variety of physical skills that can be broken down into the following:
  • 1.) Cardiovascular Endurance - the ability of the body systems to gather, process and deliver oxygen
  • 2.) Stamina - the ability of body systems to process, deliver, store and utilize energy
  •  3.) Strength - the ability of a muscular unit, or units, to apply force.
  •  4.) Flexibility - the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  • 5.) Power - the ability of a muscular unit, or units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  • 6.) Speed - the ability to minimize the time cycle of a movement.
  • 7.) Coordination - the ability to combine several distinct movements into a singular movement.
  • 8.)  Agility - the ability to minimize transition time from one movement to another.
  • 9.)  Balance - the ability to control placement of the body's center of gravity.
  • 10.) Accuracy - the ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
Quite a list, huh? Next time, we'll look at which ones are most important for judo.

By: Rainer Fischer (Canadian Olympian)

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