In this study, a questionnaire was administered to 189 students attending a Judo course at N National College of Technology to investigate consciousness toward Judo and to clarify the structure of this consciousness by factor analysis.
In addition, the change in consciousness toward Judo resulting from one year of Judo experience was investigated through a questionnaire ‘before class’, ‘after the first semester’, and ‘after the second semester’. The results are summarized as follows:
1) As a result of factor analysis, five factors, namely ‘Fight’, ‘Budo’, ‘Lucidity’, ‘Sports outlook’, and ‘Calm’ were extracted.
2) For all the students who took the course, with regard to the ‘Lucidity’ factor, score improvement was observed through a one-year Judo class; with regard to ‘Sports outlook’, there was score improvement with time.
3) With regard to experience in Budo, it was found that there was an improvement among the ‘inexperienced’ in ‘Budo’, and the ‘experienced’ in ‘Lucidity’ through the one-year class. An increase with time was found in both the inexperienced in Budo and the experienced in Sports outlook factor.
Thus, Judo experience is useful as a physical education activity that can be expected to result in higher activity and mental improvement.
It is desirable to hold Judo classes in other National College of Technology and in school to widen the range of sports offered.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of lunge training on the striking ability of kendo players. Twelve university kendo players were assigned to either a training (n=6) or a control (n=6) group. The subjects in the training group performed lunge training three times a week for four weeks. After this training period, the pull-speed of the left leg during striking (p<0.01), the forward step distance of the right foot, maximal ground reaction force, maximal leg extension power, and the greatest leg split distance (p<0.05) all increased significantly in the training group. This study demonstrated that lunge training was effective in increasing the striking ability (i.e. increasing the pull-speed of the left leg after a strike) of kendo players.