Championship Judo - Drill Training

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Author: Ben Campbell
Pub: 1974 by Zenbei
Pages: 128
Out of Print


This only rates 4 stars if you are NOT an instructor, if you are, this is a 5 star book that you should make every attempt to get your hands on. It is Volume Two of a 2 volume set. If possible, try to get the other one - Judo From the Beginning as well.

As the title suggests, this book is filled with various training drills. There's enough in this book to add a great deal of variety to your Judo practice. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of any other book that quite addresses the same topic as this one. Get it if you can!


Chapter  1 - The Need for New Training Methods ....................... 13
Chapter  2 - What is Drill Training? ................................. 17
Chapter  3 - How to Use Drill Training ............................... 21
Chapter  4 - Drills and Games for Teaching Basic Fundamental Movements 25
Chapter  5 - Drills and Games for Teaching Perceptual Abilities ...... 39
Chapter  6 - Drills for Developing Physical Abilities ................ 45
Chapter  7 - Drills To Improve Your Forward Throwing Ability ......... 53
Chapter  8 - Hopping Drills .......................................... 71
Chapter  9 - Hand-Leg Drills ......................................... 77
Chapter 10 - Drills for Linking Standing with Matwork Techniques ..... 81
Chapter 11 - Drills for Resisting the Opponents's Attack ............. 85
Chapter 12 - Drills for Jumping Around the Opponent's Attack ......... 89
Chapter 13 - Drills for Turning Out of the Opponent's Attack ......... 94
Chapter 14 - Round Robin Grip Practice Drills ....................... 103
Chapter 15 - Standing Armlock Drills ................................ 121
Appendix   - Rules of Judo .......................................... 123


Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

Swami Vivekananda was a direct disciple of the great Indian Saint Sri Ramakrishna. He was chosen by Sri Ramakrishna to carry the message of modern Vedanta to the world. Affectionately known as Swamiji (Beloved Swami) to his associates, his brilliant oratory, magnificent bearing and deep spirituality burst upon the Western world at the World Parliament of Religions, held at Chicago in 1893. From that moment on he was in constant demand as a lecturer and teacher in both Europe and America. Within nine years he was dead, having returned to India to found the Ramakrishna Mission, whose guidance was placed in the hands of Swami Brahmananda, his brother disciple; and having destroyed his own health by incessant travel and work to help the poor and illiterate of India.

Swamiji once said to his own disciples: "Your duty is to serve the poor and distressed, without distinction of caste or creed. What business have you to consider the fruits of your action?" How close these words are to those of the founder of Judo, Dr. Jigoro Kano of Japan, whose second maxim of Judo was, "Jita Kyoei" - building society by harmonious cooperation with others.

I am sure the reader will ask: "What has the life of an Indian holy man to do with a book on Judo training?" The answer is: "Everything!" The explanation of that statement is of paramount importance both to this volume and to understanding Judo teaching.

We hear much talk nowadays about "building spiritual values" and "it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." But no one takes time to think out and explain what they mean.

Indeed, because Judo coaches have often taken a "holier than thou" attitude toward other sports and ways of thinking, they have cut themselves off not only from sound physical education practices, but also from the main currents of philosophical and educational thinking.

Let's start with fundamentals. Educators are agreed that teaching is divided into three areas: (1) Thinking, which is called cognition or the cognitive domain, (2) feeling, which is called the affective domain, and (3) physical education which is called the psychomotor domain.

It is shortsighted and inefficient to think of Judo training as only a psychomotor (physical) activity. Judo is also both cognitive and affective and it is particularly its affective or moral aspect with which we are concerned in this short note.

Take a look at some of the problems you have in your Judo club. You have a young girl who has good technical understanding, but whenever the practice starts to get a little rough, she simply folds up, starts crying and sulks - she needs courage - and that's a part of the affective domain, a moral quality. Then you have the 18-year-old who has tremendous potential, but you can't get him to accept the value of hard work, he just won't come to practice, he needs perseverance - that's part of the affective domain. Or you have a 10-year-old boy who is hard-nosed: he likes to hurt kids smaller than he is; he needs some sympathy and compassion - and that's a moral quality, part of the affective domain.

Consider the little girl who just won't keep her mouth shut or obey the coach. She is a constant disturbance in the club; she needs to learn to respect her coach and to be considerate of the others in the club - and these are affective qualities.

Then there is the boy who has a violent temper, who loses matches because he ignores the commands of the referee, who needs a lot of control - and that's in the affective domain.

Young people, like everyone else, do things for a reason - their reason. In sport, their reason is winning - being a champion. That's good, because if they want to be a champion we coaches have something to work with: we can convince them that they will never be a champion unless they will persevere, unless they have courage to face any opponent, unless they control themselves.

Now, for thousands of years the yogis have been striving to master themselves; to develop courage, perseverance, self control, consideration, and forebearance so they will win through to truth - to God Himself - in whatever form they seek Him. Their goal is undoubtedly a higher one than that of the child who wants to win a trophy, but the same moral qualities, in different degrees, are required. Who are we to disregard the findings of the world's great souls?

We disregard the lives and words of the great thinkers at great peril to our own progress. Do we delude ourselves so much as to think that the immortal seers of the earth for ages past have not suffered the same doubts and sung with the same ecstasy that we have thrilled to? If a man has seen the truth, or even approached it, his words are precious.

Swamiji said, "We hear 'Be good,' 'Be good,' 'Be good,' taught all over the world. There is hardly a child born in any country in the world who has not been told, 'Do not steal,' 'Do not tell a lie,' but nobody tells the child how he can avoid stealing or lying. Talking will not help him. Why should he not become a thief? We do not teach him how not to steal, we simply tell him, 'Do not steal.' Only when we teach him how to control his mind do we really help him."

Judo is useless if it is not a whole life activity. Judo must include doing, thinking and feeling. It is at once cognitive, affective and psychomotor - involving mind, spirit and body. None can say that the physical portion of Judo is more important than the emotional or spiritual part.

What does it matter if a young person can do the techniques if he has so little perseverance that he won't come to practice? Thus, perseverance is of paramount importance in Judo. Who can tell us more about perseverance than Christ, or Buddha, or Ramakrishna, who persevered through the uttermost depths of physical and mental suffering to reach their goal: unity with God? Swami Prabhavananda, a disciple of Swami Brahmananda, has said: "No temporary failure, however disgraceful or humiliating, should ever be used as an excuse for giving up the struggle... No failure is ever really a failure unless we stop trying altogether...'

You and I may not take the same avenue toward truth that Swamiji took: His was Yoga, ours is Judo; but we are fellow travelers, indeed brothers, in life's quest. What better companion could we choose?


Sacramento, California
July 1974


Author's Preface

It is partly because the present deplorable situation in American Judo training methods demands the most thoughtful analysis, and partly because of my belief that knowledge of the past is worthwhile in itself, that I have been impelled to write this book.
Inasmuch as I believe that the majority of present-day American Judo training methods are outdated, and because I am indicting these worn out methods, it is also my responsibility to offer some constructive measures by which the deficiencies may be corrected. As a former national, international, and Olympic competitor, I feel that I have a sound technical platform from which to lay the basis for revitalization of American Judo training methods.

I have tried to write as simply as possible, presenting only that amount of verbage which I consider necessary for making the concept of drill training methods understandable. The book will serve both as a manual of simple information and as a minor work of reference. I hope that Judoists will find it helpful in improving their Judo training, and beyond that, for those who may be interested, I hope this book will give stimulation to them to further study in detail the mechanics and applications of drill training exercises which have made it possible for me to develop scores of expert Judoists and champions in the U.S.A.

I owe a particular debt of gratitude to many of my professional colleagues. These Judoists made it possible for me to assemble this text. Some have helped directly, others indirectly, but all with cooperative enthusiasm. Errors, omissions, and inadequacies, however, remain solely the responsibility of the author.

I wish to express my personal thanks to the following persons who were kind enough to patiently undertake drill training during the pioneer stages of its development: Hayward Nishioka, Bill Paul, Doug Nelson, Tom Kunibe, Ken Yamamoto, Harold Makimoto, John Vinson, and Jack Oliver.

To the many other coaches who, after learning various drills at Camp Bushido, returned home to teach friends and associates, I offer my thanks - no less gratefully.

I wish to express my deep appreciation to my friend of many years, Philip S. Porter, an international Judo authority whose help has been responsible for many improvements in the text and whose supervision of the editing and publication of this volume have been invaluable. He has added many new photos illustrating the drills, is responsible for the chapters on the taxonomy of the psychomotor domain, and has added much to the grips and grip breaking chapters, as well as the beautiful note on Swami Vivekananda which follows my dedication of this book to the Cheyenne People. Without Phil Porter's help the book never would have been published.

My thanks also to Alan Cramer for his beautiful drawings, some of which have appeared in "Judo From The Beginning" and the "1974-75 Yearbook of U.S. Judo."

Don Weiskopf was the creator of many of the fine photo sequences; both Phil Porter and myself are grateful for his help.

To Curt Hopkins, who created the beautiful graphic design for this book, and Charlotte Ginet and Diana McKenzie, who read proofs and supervised production, I also wish to express my thanks.

Elk Grove, California 1974



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