By Mark V. Lonsdale, Coach
While the purpose of Judo is to make better people, not just champions, there have been many greats in Judo. As with any sport, there is a simple but difficult road to greatness in Judo. Simple because there are only a few things the athlete needs to know, but difficult because of the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to truly master these simple truths.
So here is the easy part:
- Find inspiration in the achievements of those who have gone before you
- Make the commitment to your chosen activity or sport
- Set goals that are a series of attainable steps
- Study the skill sets required for any given activity
- Become brilliant at the basics and work to master the fundamentals
- Enjoy your achievements but learn from your losses and mistakes
- Work every day to improve your performance, fitness, stamina, and strength
Now the difficult part: Follow the above plan six days a week for at least four years to enter the world of the elite athlete.