Know the different preparation periods in Judo

 In judo training  it is important to distinguish the different training periods.  

 It is very difficult to make an annual training program and because of so many important competitions during the year it is becoming much more difficult. Difficult because of technical, physical and mental aspects. And complicated because all individual judoka have their own ambition and aims (see also ‘Top class phase’ in which one can read that this phase is mainly individually targeted.) The ‘standard competition training gives possibilities to implement individual targets of the judoka. 

In this article I give, the following remarks the coach can use for making the annual program for a group of athletes or for an individual athlete. 

– Ideal image of judo; 

– Individual needs of the judoka;

 – Statistical conclusions from last season’s data; 

– National and international developments. 


 At the end of a competition period follows a transition period. The magnitude decreases to average with a low intensity and the basic motor skills, tactics and fundamental physical qualities are trained. 

After this period further phase out of practise occurs and there is some space for recreational sports and other things. 

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

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