Jita Kyoei

Intro When Judo was first found it was based on two main principles Seiryoku Zenyo and Jita Kyoei (with this post focusing on the latter). Jita Kyoei is the counterpart to Seiryoku Zenyo. Efficient use of energy is only half the story. What’s also important is what it is used […]

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Seiryoku Zenyo 1

Intro When Judo was first found it was based on two main principles Seiryoku Zenyo and Jita Kyoei (with this post focusing on the former).  Jigoro Kano (the founder of Judo) was a Ju-Jitsu student. He realised that Seiryoku Zenyo (often translated as “Maximum efficiency, minimum effort”) was a crucial […]


Practice makes permanent

Intro The old saying is that practice makes perfect. However I think “Practice makes permanent” is more apt. Bad practice just breeds bad habits. This article discusses some of the implications of this. Take it slow People often attempt throwing or drilling practice as fast as they can manage. Even […]

Kneeling Judoka

Foot fire

Treating mat burns

Intro Mat burns are a common occurrence in judo and although the are usually just a minor annoyance it’s always a good idea to treat them properly. This post goes over how to go about treating mat burns. Treatment Most people wont stop training when they get a mat burn […]


Growing into your belt

Intro It can be quite common after receiving a belt promotion to feel that you don’t deserve your current belt. Perhaps there are some techniques you can’t do or are bad at or perhaps there are lower belts in your club Belts are analog not binary Sometimes this feeling can […]

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