How many techniques should I learn in a Judo training class?
a common desire of all students,
who are just starting Judo training, to learn as many techniques as
quick as possible. When I can accept this on a human level, it’s
understand that learning is a very complicated process and number of
that studied in parallel should be limited and defined to advance the
process in whole instead of satisfying immediate curiosity.
time experience of practicing Judo
instructors of different styles shows that optimal number of new
in one lesson should be no
more then three if session covers
both, standing and ground fighting, and no more then two if it’s only
standing or only ground fighting techniques. Anything above this limit
a wasting of training time as none
of the shown techniques would
be learned by students.
fact approach of showing cascade of
multiple techniques at times used by well qualified masters who don’t
intend to teach them, but want to create firm
impression of high personal
qualification among observers. This can be done for multiple reasons
good and bad) in diverse situations, but one, I would like to address,
is seminar presentations.
at lease in part, are
advertising sessions by visiting master. Anyway, you can’t really
learn something really new in one-time session without next-day
error-fixing. However, this should not be expected. Well organized
seminar is a
way for equally qualified masters to get know each other, to exchange
create contacts and foundation for future cooperation. If
students allowed attending such seminars, their instructor should
by explaining the goals of seminar and its limitations. Otherwise it
more harm then good.
number of techniques that learn
in three month Judo training session should be less then number of training
multiplied by two or by three, as it will be days with no new technique
at all as time needed for repetition, error correction, randori
training, etc. So,
in 12 weeks training session where you have 36 classes, I would expect
techniques be presented comfortably. Compare to formal number of Judo
techniques this looks small, but with correct individual selection it
each student with very diverse and effective arsenal.
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