Accuracy and Jason Koster
How do you become a successful Judoka?
Being a successful judoka is as much about mental agility as it is physical strength and technical accuracy. All the skill in the world means nothing, if you don’t want it as much as the other person. You have to want it more. Coupled with your technical background, it’s what makes you win. Talent means nothing without the desire.
How important is it to stay strong mentally and physically?
In a bout that’s all over “in the blink of an eye”, staying strong in the last few minutes is crucial, as fatigue begins to set in. It’s important as your body is naturally telling you to stop what you’re doing, to stop putting yourself through this. You need to use this! You have to have self-belief. When outside pressures come into play, I jot them all down on paper. In the centre, I boldly write and circle “JUST FIGHT!”
How do you stay accurate?
Thousands of hours spent on the mat fine-tunes my accuracy; being precise in training is just as important as it is in competition. A mistake can result in injury; I’ve dislocated my elbow in the past. I’m in the last run of my career – I won’t have another shot at an Olympics – so everything needs to be perfect.
What else is important to you?
Finding the right balance in life is key. It’s not easy juggling training and competing, with my career as a strength and conditioning coach, and with family (I have a young son, Sam). But it is friends and family that drive me to succeed. I’m not an army of one; I can only do what I do because I have so many friends and family supporting me. I’m inspired by knowing I have a nation behind me too.