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Getting Rank in Judo: Competitor vs Non Competitor

Getting Rank in Judo: Competitor vs Non Competitor


What’s up, guys? Preston here with another
episode of Grappler going Abroad. Today, what I’m talking about is gaining rank in judo:
competitor versus non-competitor. Be sure to stick around and check it out. Alright,
so like I said before, we’re talking about how to gain rank in judo being a competitor
and a non-competitor. This is in response to something that I saw on a forum about training
in Judo as a non-competitor. The reason why I have to bring rank into this, normally I
don’t like talking about rank that much because it’s a very loose descriptive element to your
skill level. I’ve seen green belts who are at a shodan or nidan level but are still green
belts. Rank is a very minuscule thing in this arguement, but it needs to be brought to attention
because frankly, that’s what a lot of people put a lot of weight in, here in the united
states, when it shouldn’t be. It’s a complaint that a lot of people have, “I’m not getting
rank fast enough. Why am I not getting rank fast enough?” You know, “This person has been
doing Judo 3 years and he’s already a sankyu or a nikyu. What am I doing wrong?” Honestly,
a lot of schools won’t rank you unless you compete. I know at my school, non-competitors
get very low priority in ranking procedure. because you don’t really know how live your
Judo is unless you compete. Randori is a good way of training, I’m not saying that randori
isn’t a way of demonstrating how live your judo is. But, what I’m saying is that it’s
in a controlled environment. It’s with people who you’re familiar with, you’re with people
you train with regularly. Competition is a completely different beast. You’re in front
of a bunch of people you don’t know. You’re in a completely new environment, fighting
someone you’ve never trained with before. Competition is a very good placeholder, it’s
a very good marker on where your Judo is at. With that being said, competitors get rank
a lot faster than non-competitors. Let’s look at an example from USA Judo’s Dan ranking
guidelines or requirements. So in USA Judo, the mandatory waiting period for a non-competitor
to get to shodan rank is 3 years. So if you are a ikkyu, you’ve been practicing Judo for
3-4 years and you don’t compete, you have to wait 3 years before you can qualify to
rank for shodan. Now, if you’re a competitor and you’re a good competitor, you collect
points every time you beat someone whose your rank or higher. So once you reach a certain
number of points, that knocks down your waiting period to test for shodan. So once you reach
something like 10-15 points it knocks down it down to 1 year. Once you get to something
like 20 points, I think it’s something like 6 months. Once you break 25 points, I think,
don’t quote me on this, the guidelines are online on USA Judo’s website, it’s like force
rank. Once you reach a certain number of points, you have to be ranked to shodan, otherwise
it looks bad on the dojo for sandbagging. If you want to get rank and you’re a non-competitor,
you don’t really like competing, you probably should compete. Even though you don’t really
like it. It’s going to help you with your ranking process and all that waiting time
that you don’t like, where you’re not gaining rank, it’s going to shorten that. Now, with
that being said, it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing shiai competition or kata competition.
You get more points for shiai competition, but you still collect points for medalling
in kata competitions. Frankly, it’s a good way of preparing for your shodan test anyway.
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4 thoughts on “Getting Rank in Judo: Competitor vs Non Competitor

  1. good topic but in the UK some none level judo players are better than high level active players and the the bja are very encouraging you see if you know the techniques you grade but I would say that its down to the practioner. good luck with the training and stay safe.

  2. It's different in Canada. You get your Yellow and Orange in 3 months for each. Green belt 1 year, Blue for 1 year and Brown as well. That's if you don't compete. For Black belt you need to compete and get 20 points so lets say you lost 5 matches that's probably all the points you would need to get a black belt so 5 tournaments. If you win you get 10 points. It was something like that but it depends on which part of Canada your from.

  3. not to mention some people just can not compete like if they have lower back issues but once you can do the required moves with good technique your instructor should allow you to move forward if they dont its sandbagging period

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