Twenty Common Mistakes
to Avoid In Judo

  1. Refusing to help a partner in the early stages of practice and consequently making every technique difficult for him to learn.
  2. Using strength before the basic skills are acquired.
  3. Try8ing to overcome an opponent’s resistance by using a greater amount of strength.
  4. Keeping the legs well bent when moving around the mat and so slowing down the speed of your movement.
  5. Keeping your arm muscles continuously tensed in an effort to balk an opponent’s throwing actions.
  6. Staring down at an opponent’s feet, which in turn causes your upper body to be inclined forward.
  7. Gripping an opponent’s jacket too tightly before trying a throwing action.
  8. Kicking an opponent’s ankle with the inside bone edge of your foot when trying Sweeping Ankle Throws, instead of using the sold of your foot.
  9. Bringing your feet close together when moving round the mat and so giving an opponent an easy opportunity to throw you.
  10. Staying in the same relative position for longer than is necessary after an opponent has checked or avoided your initial attacking movement.
  11. Thinking about the throwing action you will use against an opponent before a practice or contest has started.
  12. Attempting to block a heavier opponent’s throwing actions, rather than avoiding them and using a counter-throwing technique.
  13. Bending forward form the waist when trying to throw an opponent, without pulling his upper body in the same direction.
  14. Holding on to an opponent’s jacket with both hands due to a misguided sense of pride when he has succeeded in throwing you.
  15. Leaning over an opponent who is lying on the ground (After being properly throw by you) instead of keeping a good sense of balance by bending your legs and holding your head back.
  16. Allowing an opponent who has throw you to stand over you as you regain your feet.
  17. Turning your back to an opponent when getting up after being thrown, or when engaged in Groundwork.
  18. Laying down on the ground with your legs outstretched rather than limiting the scope of an opponent’s attack by keeping them bent.
  19. Attempting to come to grips with an opponent on the ground who has succeeded in wrapping his legs around your body, instead of escaping from in between his legs first.
  20. Tensing all the muscles of your body in a mistaken effort to increase the power of an Immobilization Hold.


Extracted from:

Every Boy’s Judo
A. P. Harrington

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