Developing your judo #12
#12: Move Out of Your Comfort Zone
During randori sessions, I often see people training with the same partners. Even at special training clinics, I notice judoka practising with partners from their own club, when there are all kinds of new partners available.
These are occasions where you have the opportunity to experience new techniques first-hand..Often this is where you can pick up a technique that you can add to your own repertoire. It's also a golden opportunity to check out your competition -- see what throws they like to do and how they execute them. Even check on their conditioning.
Whether it's at your club or at a clinic, it's time to get out of your comfort zone.
During my years in Japan, I was out of my comfort zone probably 75% of the time but it gave me valuable insight into the techniques of the world's top competitors. It is a guaranteed way of improving your judo.
By: Rainer Fischer (Canadian Olympian)