What is optimal Judo training schedule?
busy days of early 21st century picking right Judo training schedule
is critical to both, student success and student retention.
two types of schedules based on the student type: amateurs and professional.
I want to clarify those terms as I’m using them.
the student is devoting his
free time for the training and this training is not his primary life
means that Judo training is
primary activity that supersedes any other.
schedule is applied to professional athletes and may include multi-hour training
sessions two or even three times a day. I won’t address this type of schedule other
then pointing out the risk of over burning that should be controlled by
limiting of work load to less then full capacity of the athlete. How less is an
open question and should be individually adjusted based on observation and
vital signs control.
us will be much better with amateur schedule. The most effective schedule is
three times a week (over day) of 2 – 2½ hour training sessions staring at 5:30
PM. (This kind of training schedule was used even for high achieving athlete training
in 1960th – 70th). In this schedule every session
work-out should be to full individual capacity. Physical recuperation for
healthy young athlete takes about 36 hours and with 48 hours interval between
training sessions it’s enough room to bread. Starting time at 5:30 is based on
human daily biological life cycle.
training schedule coach has easier life to manage workout load as he doesn’t
need to control upper limit.
important thing is not to mix two schedules as training habits can pose a
problem. In my own experience as I was temporarily moved from my normal
three-times-a-week schedule to two-sessions-daily during pre-tournament
training camp and I trained normally to full capacity in the first day I wasn’t
able to recover till end of the camp as my over-work accumulated.
minor, but important, question is what is the optimal size of the training
class. Well, it not always can be controlled, but I think optimal is about 12 students
per instructor as it allows to for six working pairs that can be effectively supervised
without much of bench-time.
size will create a problem with partner diversity for each student. Partner diversity
is not just nice to have convenience thing, but element critical for individual
and group learning, as everyone makes his own mistakes exposing and working on
witch benefits group in whole.
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