Five Judo Drills: That Teach Movement
Judo drills can help us improve our judo throws. Here are five exercises that teach movement, timing, speed and entry. They are also a lot of fun to do.
5 Exercises to Improve your Judo
1: KAKARI GEIKO
Our number one judo drill for creating movement is Kakari-Geiko. Here’s how to do this drill:
- Move with your partner in all directions, all over the mat.
- Turn in for an uchi-komi of a judo technique, then turn out and continue moving and attacking.
- Repeat, either focusing on one technique, or a combination of throws.
Tori should help uke providing situations and allowing uke to turn in.
2: FAST FEET
Aim to move from one ashi-waza to the next. Make uke react to each attack, but without throwing.
Try this circle.
- Start with an ouchi-gari, allow uke to step off
- Follow up into kouchi-gari, let uke evade
- Chase back into an osoto-gari, force uke to block with their hips
- Follow up into a de-ashi-barai
- Repeat the circle as many times as you can.
How many times can you do the full circle in one minute?
Judo drills can be used to speed up the entry and improve timing. Try this exercise.
- Uke does a forward roll.
- Tori, anticipates the movement, and allows uke to stand up
- As uke stands up, tori turns in for a forward throw like morote-seoi-nage.
Try with other forward judo techniques like ippon seoi-nage.
4: CARTWHEEL HARAI
This is a harder version of the previous exercise. Use with harai-goshi.
- This time uke does a cartwheel.
- Tori should keep their distance, and anticipate the movement.
- Once the cartwheel is finished, tori can move closer, take a grip and attack with harai-goshi.
The cartwheel creates the circular movement needed for throws like harai-goshi and osoto-gari.
5: SUMI ROLL
- Uke and tori hold each other ankles
- Tori makes a small jump forward into a forward roll.
- As both judoka rolls, uke will naturally stand up.
- Keep rolling!