Demonstrations, pictures, and imagery Judo training
Technique demonstration followed by semi-supervised repetition is the
most common way of Judo training.
With plenty of published books, booklets, cards, and internet
resources exists students of Judo at times even encouraged to go through
set of techniques for current class upfront and visualize
problem is that learning visual appearance is only small and easy part of Judo training.
Developing muscle memory is much more
critical and challenging.
Imagery training is widely used in
many areas of physical training and can be very
helpful in Judo, self-defense, and combat sport and martial arts in general. The
only problem: you need to imagine the right
things! Most critical is that image must be seen as first person only!
If you imagine technique as an observer (as it inevitably
presented in all and any technical demonstrations, pictures, video recordings,
or animations) you’re building wrong mental motion structure. And this is
not a small deal, as those errors are
very hard to fix if they imprinted in memory. Saying this means that individual
imaginary training can be successfully used only by well qualified martial
artists. Instructor can and should teach his students imaginary technique
repetition in class during resting intervals in meditation-like exercises, but
should clear explain right and wrong ways to do it and discourage unsupervised
imagery training until basic proficiency in the specific technique is achieved.