One-on-one Judo training:
its place and limitations
individual one-on-one self-defense and Judo training sessions may appeal to occasional
students in distress (young women that suddenly found herself followed by
stranger, high school straight-A student that found himself in trouble with
local bullies, and alike), it’s always beneficial to understand what you can
and what you can’t expect to get from it, and what is the place of individual
training in overall training infrastructure.
in distress such sessions can provide immediate benefits in form of basic
self-defense tips such common sense safety precautions, conflict de-escalation methods,
use of accidental weapon, and general psychological motivation. However
one-on-one sessions can’t be used as initial Judo, self-defense, or
martial-arts training (dispute common Hollywood
attempts to show it this way).
effective Judo training correct schedule and
class size is as important as good instructor. In Judo and other martial
arts learning process only in small part happens as a direct information
transfer from teacher to student, but at most it’s result of supervised
try-and-error process when student working largely by himself/herself in a pair
with equally qualified partner.
notion that training partners are about to be equally qualified is of high
importance. As in this case they both making about the same types of errors and
able to correct each-other. Role of the teacher is to guide their learning
process and to help identify mistakes and validate corrections.
partners are on entirely different phases of learning, the higher qualified judoka
may help his partner by sacrificing efficiency of his own training. If he won’t
do this – both loosing: better qualified partner has no equal resistance and
his errors not exposed and therefore not corrected, and weaker partner can’t do
thing at all and not getting anything, but frustration.
real life the ideal situation of even pairing rarely happened. It is
instructors duty to work with his advanced students to make sure they will work
on correct resistance level with weaker partners and to ensure that they will
get adequate advance training by initiating cross-club training for top
midlevel students training with strong partners may create excellent learning opportunities
with long term benefits. I got lucky myself as I had a few opportunities in my SAMBO career to
work in the training sessions with world top masters of different generations.
one-on-one training may be beneficial in advanced phases of training
and often used as special error correction and technique rectification tool in
final steps of training cycle in preparation to a specific milestone event such
tournament or examination.
Judo training methodologies