Below is a video about training with the legendary Masahiko Kimura. Kimura is widely regarded as one of the greatest judoka of all time.
The video is brief yet the narration offers valuable lessons about combat training. For example, in response to some of the daily requirements, the narrator offers the following:
“This is unreasonable, we know that, but it pushes us beyond a physical limit, to another place, way outside or way inside. I don’t know where exactly, but I’ve been there.”
In today’s world, such an approach would be considered excessive and unnecessary. I’m not here to argue one way or another, but I can say that there are times when the best work makes the least sense. I’ve done things both personally and with my fighters that wouldn’t make sense on paper. The illogical approach was necessary at the time however to reach that place discussed by the narrator.
Masahiko Kimura was a legend. He didn’t become who he was by training like everyone else. He took himself to another place and stayed there throughout much of his life. The results speak for themselves. His success is undeniable, both as an athlete and later as an instructor.