By Yoshitsugu (Yoshiaki) Yamashita
The First 10th Degree Black Belt
- Study the
correct way of applying the throws. Throwing with
brute force is not the correct way of winning in
JUDO. The most important point is to win with
- First learn
offensive. You will see that defense is included
in offensive. You will make no progress learning
- Do not
dislike falling. Learn the timing of the throw
while you are being thrown.
your throws by moving your body freely as
possible in all directions. Do not lean to one
side or get stiff. A great deal of repetition in
a throw will be rewarded with a good throw.
the number of practices and contests. You will
never make any progress without accumulating a
number of practices.
- Do not
select your opponents (which means do not say
that you do or don't like to practice with a
certain person). Everyone has his own specialty.
You must try to learn all of them and make them
neglect to improve the finer points. Practicing
without any effort to improve will result in slow
progress. Always recall your habits, as well as
those of your opponent, while making improvement.
put your heart and soul into it. It will
interfere with your progress in practice if you
keep on without this spirit.
forget what your instructor or higher ranking
members teach you. During practice you will make
great progress if you keep in mind what they have
said to you.
- Try to
continue your practice as much as possible.
Applying half-way will result in a very grave
situation in your progress.
- Watch and
study throws as much as possible when trying to
improve and advance. The technique and mind are
just like the front and back of ones hand,
meaning they are very closely related.
from overeating and drinking. Remember that
overeating and drinking will bring an end to your
practice and JUDO.
- Always try
to think of improvement, and don't think that you
are too good. The latter is very easy to do while
- There is no
end in learning JUDO.