Hard Work Is A Universal Language

Judo was first included at the Summer Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. In the time since, South Korea has distinguished itself as one of the dominant forces in the sport. Only France and Japan have won more Olympic medals.

In the video below, you will see why the Korean team has been so successful. You may not understand the language but you will certainly recognize the work. No translators are required when witnessing such intense and rigorous training.

As you watch these athletes in action, you may note similarities to a previous entry about the legendary Masahiko Kimura (see here). Kimura trained his athletes in a way that would likely be scrutinized today. His work was not just physical but also mental. He took his athletes to a place that is difficult to describe to those who haven’t been there before.

Training need not be complicated but you must be willing to work. Hard work with the basics will often trump the most complex system. Simply working with the basics is not enough however. It’s not just what you do, but how you do it. At some point, your success will depend on how far you willing to push yourself.


“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” – Charles Bukowski


  1. Nice to see you giving judo some screen time, Ross. Elite judo players are some of the fittest people in the world.

  2. A very impressive and motivating video. However, having lived in Korea, I wouldn’t underestimate the power of duty in such a Confucian society. It is a very powerful motivating factor which I saw first hand in many different contexts.

  3. It’s interesting to note what some of the coaches and the athletes said about strength and size differences compared to the European athletes.

    They remark that European athletes tend to be larger (frame wise) and due to their larger size usually have greater strength. However, in the last few years (their words – no specifics given that I remember) they have adapted their training to close the gap as much as possible. While their main focus continues to be skill and mental toughness.

    The one athlete they speak to comments from his experience, the European athletes will be stronger at the start of the match, but fail to maintain that level of strength as the match continues. He specifically states 2 to 3 min into the match, typically is when the European athletes tend to fade where the Korean athlete will generally maintain their strength level.

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