Judo, the importance of randori and kata

This article about Judo and more special about randori and kata of Willem Visser, 8th Dan Judo IJF, executive coach, strategic adviser, and international lecturer , is the first publishing of a series that will appear in the magazine periodically. We are very proud to count with his knowledge and experience as a new member of the Advisory Council of Judo management.

Judo is a game, a sport, a system of physical education, a system for physical and mental development, a system of self-defence, a cultural-movement activity, a philosophy, an attitude, a way of life. The sequence of this enumeration depends other things, on the age, the quality, the interest, the stage of development and the stage of life of the judoka. Of course more circumstances, personal values and competences added to this list, which I leave to the reader of this article. 

In this article I will not go into the history of judo, because Professor Murata, Dr Brousse, Dr Cadot and Professor de Cree can do that in a, to be organized, seminar about the history of judo. This article can be a contribute to the understanding, by means of exchange of views on the importance of randori and kata. 

If wisdom comes when it is too late, than wisdom is useless. 

Willem Visser Executive coach, Strategic Adviser, International Lecturer, 8th Dan Judo IJF 

With gratitude to all my teachers, specialists, colleagues and especially all the judoka that I was allowed to guide and to coach. 

Sources and inspiring professionals: 

Van der Horst, Cobben, Abe, Saitoh, Yamashita, Uemura, Sugawara, Murata, Hosokawa, Komata, Takahashi, Nakamura, Kasuga, Kawashima, Kariya, Brousse, Besson, Rougé, Ruska, Geesink, de Cree, Barta, Vachun, Viser, Lascau, McConnell, Snijders, Sins, Hoogendijk, Boersma, Odinot, van Dijk, Klok and many others.