There is no “I” in “judo” – embracing an integrated approach to strength and conditioning in judo

I won’t spend much on planning because
that’s not really the main part of what this presentation is about however I
will go over briefly that since I’ve been involved with Judo the planning
from from British judo has not been very helpful if M if we’re trying to improve
our athletes physically and there should be some sort of structure there tello a
volume of time to give a stimulus and to get adaptation since I started in 2009
and it’s only recently changed and coming up to the Olympics with a new
performance director coming in and there was no four-year plan there wasn’t
really a proper single year plan and to give an example the athlete who was
flavor of the month might get taken to Paris and if they did well they might
now be selected for Austria and and Germany and all these other competitions
a similar athlete who got the same result might not have been selected so
post major championship I might have decided that we’re going to do a big
block off of prehab work but unfortunately just because of the
planning or the pure execution of a plan that wasn’t the key case and the only
real solid things in the program where the European Championships on the World
Championships so it’s a pretty difficult situation to be in from an s and C coach
because I don’t really know where the athletes are going to be so you’ve got a
came to adapt your Mathis because we didn’t really see it changing coming up
to the games but I did a little a little bit and from the judo Scotland planning
and it’s a Scottish Doodle coaches that are fully in control of that and we
understand that we don’t really need the athletes to be that good today or
tomorrow but we do probably need to be viewed at the major championships when
it counts and if an athlete is severely lacking in one sort of physical area
we’ve got to invest a lot of time to try and get them better in that area because
if not they’re just going to reach a ceiling and I would see with some of the
athletes that we’ve currently got and because maybe not enough time was
invested at a young age to to improve mobility or to get them strong or to
improve their aerobic beast to handle a big training volume and
there maybe reach their ceiling before they probably should have so there’s a
lot of planning going on and with with themself in the coaches and they fully
understand that it takes a bit of time to develop strengths particularly in
some athletes who aren’t the best in judo because they’re physically best
maybe because all the best athletes went to rugby or to MMA now so maybe we’re
not left with it the top athletes like genetically and so it takes a little bit
longer to develop those qualities that we’ve got so very quickly the needs
analysis I won’t I won’t go over go over it too much with you
and we’ve also seen judo hopefully but I’ll just pick out a few key things that
there I’ll sort of lead on to the case studies that I’m going to go onto in a
moment so forces judo is a weight category sport and the men’s weight
category the lowest is 60 kilograms the heaviest is plus 100 kilograms and to
put it in perspective Chris Shellington who was our over 100 kilogram player for
the Olympics he’s 137 kilo and the silver medalist or the gold medalist
rather from Beijing as a hundred and eighty kilo so as plus 100s there are
some athletes who are probably 105 kilo so it’s fighting someone 1.8 times your
body weight so there’s there’s a big range there I’ve put there that strength
requirement increases as as a weight category increases that’s not to say
that strength isn’t important at the later weight categories and but again
with the technical tactical model you can win at light weight Jude or not
being particularly strong because he can be really fast you can play the scoring
system you can work on number of attacks very much like the Korean system but as
you get to heavyweight it’s a lot slower you’ve got your hands on your opponent
for a long time it gives you more time to exert your dominance for them if
you’re not strong if you drop in front of them a heavyweight clear is just
going to crush you so probably we can assume that as you go through the weight
categories it’s more important for you to be strong
or rather strength is it’s going to be more of a performance determinant

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