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    Preparing for Judo

    This fall I'm going back to uni to study medical. Anyway, the university offers Judo, which I'm taking. I've always had a huge interest, but never trained in it. I have prior MA experience, but not in grappling. I'd like to get a head start before the semester. Any advice on how to prepare would be much appreciated. What exercises are good to get into "Judo shape"? What things should I research before going in? Those kinds of things. Thanks!

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    You can look up exercises such as Bear Walking, Gator Walking, and Shrimping. Combine this will regular exercise such as running, push ups, situps, squats and lunges. They will teach you breakfalls on the first day and I wouldn't recommend you try them without an instructor. You are going to sore after Day 1 regardless.

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    If you can drop into a low squat with your heals on the ground and sit there comfortably for a few minutes I think it will help a lot with the mobility you need for judo. Also you should make sure that you can lift stuff without bending your lower back - the amount of repetitions you go through in a class can be quite high, so if you have a tendency to round your back on lifts, you're going to have a bad time when training throws.

    If you have a decent squat and your mobility is good, you could look at training some of the more explosive lifts like cleans or high pulls.

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    Hindu squats, hindu (divebomber/judo) pushups, neck bridges.

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    What CrackFox says. Squats. Lots of squats. I neglected this early in my grappling training, and things just got much easier when I started working squats and getting comfortable in that bottom position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Djinn View Post
    This fall I'm going back to uni to study medical. Anyway, the university offers Judo, which I'm taking. I've always had a huge interest, but never trained in it. I have prior MA experience, but not in grappling. I'd like to get a head start before the semester. Any advice on how to prepare would be much appreciated. What exercises are good to get into "Judo shape"? What things should I research before going in? Those kinds of things. Thanks!
    You think you will have time for Judo while going to medical school ?

    Good luck with that, seriously !
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    If you're not already, I'd start doing some daily cardio, to get used to a heavy workout. If you can't jog for at least 5-10m without collapsing, you'll have a rough time with the basic judo warmup, which imo will make it more difficult for you to focus on learning for the first few weeks. You'll be busy trying not to pass out or puke.

    Extra weight might help you in osaekomi-waza, but it can hold you back just about everywhere else, particularly your long-term endurance level, so if you drop a pound or three it might pay off.

    Learn this pushup, like Neil said. Next to some Chinese endurance exercises I do, I think this is my second favorite of all, a regular part of my BJJ training now because It Works.

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    Hit up Costco or Sams Club to get some bulk painkillers.

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    work on flexibility, we had a middle aged overweight guy come in and on his first day, just moving around in randori, he had some sort of minor tear in his calf (he felt a pop, and it hurt, but he could still walk.)

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    While the above are all good suggestions for stuff that will help with Judo related fitness and Ben's point about having the time is also a good one.

    I'm not sure I would recommend any specific exercise to someone starting Judo.

    I would see if they had any basic level of fitness i.e do they go for a run once a week, go to the gym etc...?

    If not I'd probably recommend doing some basic stretching as Ming said and just gearing up in terms of fitness i.e half an hour on the cross trainer.

    If they did do some basic fitness then I wouldn't recommend doing any specific preparatory stuff as the best way to get Judo fit, as a beginner, is just by doing Judo.

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