Started Judo 7 monthes ago. This post isn't to whine or complain, just need some guidance and ideas on how to progress.
I still can't perform basic throws correctly:
- Forward throws. When doing the entry setup I actually break my own balance. I have real trouble with footwork. For example, I've tried O goshi hundreds of times still can't do it.
- Backward throws are a little bit better and can sometimes manage more or less to apply some of them during uchikomis. However, never in randori.
I sometimes wish to have decent time to train and practice basic throws slowly, without stress or pressure, correctly and at my own pace so at least figure it out how to do them properly. But the club I'm in usually has 5 minutes of uchikomis per 2 hour sessions, whereas 1 hour of randori. This isn't surprising as the club is full of black belts and I'm the sole beginner.
Problems in randori:
-I have trouble even trying to apply throws or sweeps, as the 'opponents' dominate me in kumikata. My attempts are telegraphed and they easily dodge them and counter. SO I can't practice techniques.
Personally I don't see any progress since at least my second month of practice. I've talked to my sensei about that (mildly) basically his answer was:
- Judo is learnt progressively. It takes years.
- 7 months is nothing.
- You do have progress you just don't see it.
He makes sense but sometimes I wish for a laid back basic drills. I've tried to do some footwork at home but it just isn't the same without an uke.
What's your overall comment on that? Is this common or should I change my strategy in learning? Thanks a lot for feedback!