In order to prepare your body for elite judo competition you must train consistently, and part of that training must be focused on developing the physical attributes that underpin successful performance in elite judo athletes. The JFA in conjunction with the AIS Combat Centre has developed a set of fitness standards that cadet athletes should work towards. In this document are a series of tests you can use to check your progress with Gold, Silver and Bronze targets that are based on the standards achieved by elite Australian and International cadet judo athletes. There is also a weight management chart in the document that will help athletes in setting their target weight for optimum performance.
To assist athletes develop their physical attributes the JFA Sports Science Committee has designed a sample introductory strength and conditioning program for athletes who don’t have access to strength and conditioning coach. This program is a general guide only (e.g. many exercise substitutions are possible) to be used as a starting point for an individualised approach.