Which type of Judoka, Athlete, Manager or Staff are you?.

 During more than 40 years of coaching in top level judo, I have made the following distinction of top sport types (with some modification one can distinguish these types in different kinds of sports). 

 Two types of judoka can be distinguished: The attacking judoka, acting offensively and   The awaiting In wihich you can again make a distinction:  The signal reflecting judoka and The intuitive-reflecting judoka. 

These, intuitively reflecting judoka, are the best, that is, if they let themselves be guided and if they develop and use the ability to control their emotional attitude and their reacting directly. 

Next to paying attention to the type of the top level sportsmen, it is also good to know what moves the judoka. 

  • Competitive behaviour
  • Measuring up to others
  • Testing moment
  • Learning moment
  • Selection moment
  • Possibility of identification
  • Adventure
  • Prestige
  • Money
  • Pleasure

Willem VisserExecutive 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.

 Top image: Carla Ubasart Senior Spanish National Champion 2020, 2018