1st Edition

Skill Acquisition for Judo Principles into Practice

By Darren Warner Copyright 2021
    176 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    First introduced as an Olympic sport in Tokyo 1964, judo is a dynamic grappling sport where its competitors win by throwing and pinning their opponents to the floor or forcing submission through armlocks or strangles. To become an elite judoka, athletes are required to develop a high level of physical literacy before they're able to execute complex throwing techniques, delivered within physically intensive combative intervals. With over one hundred different throwing techniques, with variations of each, as well as ground holds, armlocks and strangles, the importance of motor skill development and decision making is extremely high.

    Skill Acquisition for Judo: Principles into Practice blends theory and application by chronologically establishing the theoretical foundations underpinning skill acquisition before exploring its impact on the developing judoka. The book bridges the gap between theory and applied practice, exploring insights into the training methods of judo coaches throughout the world, providing practical examples of applied ecological dynamics, manipulating training constraints to develop their athletes and deliver performance through the talent development pathway.

    Considering the impact that constraints led training has been shown to have on open skill performance sport, it’s application by judo coaches should come as no surprise considering the dynamic, open skill nature of the sport. This book creates a platform that explores the theoretical foundations of skill acquisition whilst providing insight into the training methods of judo coaches throughout the world, utilising and manipulating training constraints to develop their athletes and deliver performance.

    Skill Acquisition for Judo: Principles into Practice is key reading for students, coaches and practitioners in the fields of sport science, coaching., motor learning and skill acquisition as well as judoka themselves

    Part 1

    1. Introduction to Skill Acquisition in Judo

    2. Understanding Motor Control

    3. Exploring Motor Learning

    4. The continuum of Learning

    5. Considering Complex Systems

    6. Understanding Nonlinear Pedagogy

    7. Developing a Constraints-led Approach

    Part 2

    8. Kano’s Vision for Judo

    9. Creating a Skills Based Curriculum

    10. The Importance of Kata

    11. Shuhari: Coordination, Control and Skill

    12. Creating Robust, Adaptive Judoka

    13. Athlete Centred Coaching


    Part 3

    14. Creating Autonomous Judoka

    15. Fighting Opponents Correctly Under Stress (FOCUS)


    Darren Warner is Chief Executive Officer of the Welsh Judo Association and a PhD researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, UK researching skill acquisition. He has a MSc in Applied Sports Coaching and a BA hons in Sport Management.

    "This book provides an excellent insight into the development of skills in judo. Written by a respected Olympic medal winning coach and drawing on international evidence. A must-read for every judo coach and judo academic."

    Dr Mike Callan, President, international Association of Judo Researchers.