Perceptions of top-level judo coaches on training and performance

Luis Santos, Javier Fernández-Río, Ramdane Almansba, Stanislaw Sterkowicz, Mike Callan

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The main goal of this project was to assess top-level judo coaches' perceptions on two capital elements in coaching: training and competition management. 41 experienced, high-level coaches from Europe, Asia and America agreed to participate. An open-ended questionnaire was selected as the assessment instrument. The two main topics (training and competition) were divided in two areas: methodology and access to highlevel performance, and combat strategies and coaches' roles and tasks during combat, respectively. Results showed that in order to access highlevel performance, judo training must consider the most effective techniques in competition, judokas must develop their special technique and they must work on physical, technical, tactical and psychological aspects. Regarding competition, combat strategy is determined by the opponent, and coaches must provide precise information to their judokas, focusing on their grip and body alignment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-158
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • Coaches' Beliefs
  • Judo Techniques
  • Martial Arts
  • Tactical Skills
  • Training Methods


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