Solo training drills for Judoka
This thread is particularly in relation to practicing specific judo techniques without a partner. [Mods - If it's better suited elsewhere mods, please move it]
Unfortunately, it's not possible for me (or most peoplefor that matter) to train Judo every day, but as part of my daily routine (particularly on days when I am doing things other than judo) I like to start the day with some solo drills I've found to be helpful for my overall Judo, as well as my coordination in general.
So far I only have a few that I'm doing regularly, but I'm always looking for new/better alternatives.
Easily doable in the comfort of your own home
Minimal equipment required.
Equipment easily attainable
1 medium sized boxing bag (not mounted or hung)
appropriately surfaced floor spaces (Garage floor & non abrasive carpeted area respectively)
Bicycle Tyre inner Tube
2x Gi Belts
Pull and Pivot for nagewaza
Tie your Gi belt at about waist height around a pillar/post/tree of your choice. If it slips down, a bit of duct tape will do to either hold the belt in place, or replace it for the task.
Take the bicycle tyre inner tube , and slice it so that you essentially have a long strip of rubber that you can wrap around the tree, and hold the ends in your hands.
Approximate your preferred grip's hand positioning (lapel and cuff, double lapel, etc), and practice entering as if you were performing specific throws, whilst pulling in the appropriate manner on the inner tube.
Make sure that your belt is at the correct height in relation to your opponent's (the belt/tape around the tree/post/pillar), and that your weight is distributed correctly. Think about kuzushi as you pull on the arms. Think about your foot placement, positioning, and agility.
Can be done as static Uchikomi, or to breakdown an aspect of the technique.
Obviously not a replacement for actual uchikomi or training with a partner, but a good drill nonetheless.
Ashi waza bag drill
(particularly De Ashi Barai, Ouchi Gari, Kouchi Gari, okuriashi harai, etc )
Take the boxing bag and stand at one end of your garage, or other suitable space. Supporting the bag (with good posture) in such a way that 90% of it's weight is resting on the floor, execute the ashi waza of your choice, imagining that the bag is your opponent's leg. Step, and repeat the process until you reach the oppsite end of the room/allocated space.
Tuen around, and repeat, selecting one sweeping technique to focus on.
solo floor work
on an appropriate surface (non abrasive carpet or whatever you deem appropriate):
Shibori (floor swim)
Gyaku Ebi (backwards shrimp)
situps/pushups/etc I'll leave out, as they are probably an existing part of your regular routine anyway.
Any suggestions, comments, etc?