Anybody can do Judo, but the stronger and fitter you are, like in any activity, the better. In the OP's case, he is training for competition, so stronger and fitter is better, but as well, skill training is very important as he is a novice.
Originally Posted by CaseyRyback
Given equal skill, a stronger, fitter person will probably be better at any activity, judo or otherwise.
Here is a link to the 70's Big S&C program, for those interested.
I'd start running to get your cardio up. All grappling is incredibly cardio-intensive. Also, I'd make sure you do low reps and high weights, to build explosive muscle training (it seems like you're already doing low reps).
I'm replying to the Okano kouchi vid above (doesn't seem to be a Reply link with that particular post). I've been hit with that particular throw by the man himself and the vid doesn't really do the technique justice.
The explosive power at the time of the body contact was pretty astounding. He was still in pretty good shape at the time (early 1970s) and it was amazing how much force he could generate in such a short distance.
Okano was weight-trained and that helped him compete against the bigger guys in the All-Japan. My bud, Wayne Erdman, told me about the time he was in the Kodokan weight room and Okano walked in. Without a warmup he slid under the bar which was loaded with about 350 lbs and proceeded to rip out a set of 10 ass-to-the-grass back squats.
Again, this was at about the same time period, but he did pay for it over the next few days since he wasn't really in training shape.
Get rid of the bench and find a weight sled. Or a heavy tire.
Originally Posted by oplus
Do pull ups as well as chin ups. To aid in grip, if you can, use a old dogi on your pull up bar.
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