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The Road to Greatness

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. … Continue reading

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Warrior Ethos and Combat Mindset

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Director, STTU A significant part of surviving a lethal encounter is a combat mindset. The other components are reality-based training and a willingness to use it. So how does one develop a combat mindset? You do … Continue reading

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Becoming a Winner – A Primer

By Mark V. Lonsdale What makes a winner, and more importantly, how do you become a winner? First and foremost, you need to believe in yourself. You have to believe that you have what it takes to succeed at whatever … Continue reading

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Over 50 years of Judo

By Mark V. Lonsdale Flash back to the 1974 Young Men’s World Judo Championships in Brazil competing for New Zealand

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Notes on Randori

Notes on Randori in Judo by Mark Lonsdale, Judo Training Development Wisdom from Kyuzo Mifune, Kodokan 10th dan. “A chance to try your technique is in one instant never to be regained. So try it without hesitation.” This speaks to the … Continue reading

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Great Expectations — Judo Training and Student Expectations

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Head Coach I received an email some time back from an individual declaring, “I want a black belt in judo.” That was the total extent of the email, to which I assume I was expected to … Continue reading

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Learning Judo and Student Responsibility

By Mark V. Lonsdale One of the fundamental principles of learning is that the teacher or instructor provides 10% of the process while the student must shoulder 90% of the workload. A teacher instructs, guides, and mentors, while the student … Continue reading

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Judo is a Worldwide Community

Kodokan, Tokyo

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR STUDENTS

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Judo Training Development In past articles we have discussed the importance of age appropriateness in training, and in understanding the expectations of your students. Just as training children differs from training teens or young adults, each … Continue reading

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GOOD JUDO MAKES GOOD JUDOKA

By Mark V. Lonsdale Training for Competition and Beyond The first question – what is Good Judo? Good Judo is Ippon Judo where throws are big, clean, and nicely executed. To be scored an Ippon in randori or shiai, a … Continue reading

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