About Judo Link
While training and teaching competition judo in a local club in Caserta, Italy, founder Lincoln Han realized there is a underserved U. S. military community around Caserta and Naples area where many service members and their families could benefit from learning and practicing judo. After retiring from full time training for competition, he decided to pursue the process to establish a judo program at the Naval Support Site in Gricignano D'Aversa (province of Caserta). What began as an idea met with community support wishing to have this program, after getting approval from the base, the first official club under the Judo Link brand is founded.
Judo Link was founded to spread the benefits of practicing judo and judo lifestyle. The way we approach judo is not limited to just the sport or martial art aspect, but a holistic approach. Our goal is to promote good technical and cultural learning through judo. Our goal is to help people to learn solid technical fundamentals of judo; develop a fit body with the agility, strength and conditioning required to perform graceful techniques; and realize the mental benefits of long-term practice of judo by reducing stress, increase life satisfaction, forge meaningful social relationships, and improve self-confidence and realization.
Under our system, we believe in a balanced and holistic approach to develop effective judo in action and in philosophy. Learning just the techniques is not enough, as they are just the actionable part of the martial art, but in themselves do not make the martial art or the martial artists. To perform techniques effectively and gracefully, one needs a fundamental physical combination of balance, strength, agility, and fitness. Once a basic level of these fundamental factors are achieved, one could learn to perform the techniques with more effectiveness. However, many techniques can help the player to develop those fundamental physical requirement through many correct repetitions. Combined with some important exercises and drills, one will obtain a solid base to do judo.
What differentiates judo from the traditional jujutsu (jiu-jitsu) as intended by Dr. Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, is the fact judo focuses on principles behind the techniques, whereas the traditional jujutsu (jiu-jitsu) focused on the techniques themselves. Hence, apart from the mechanical repetition of learning a technique, it is important to understand the principles in judo. By understanding the principles correctly, together with a collection of techniques, one could improvise and adapt as the situation needs. Like life, in combat one could not always predict what the other will do, and often the ability to improvise a solution or reaction in a split second is needed.
Learning the techniques and principles is not enough. In order to make one's technique effective, consistent and intelligent practice is necessary. Through consistent practice, one could improve not just the effectiveness of techniques, but through the search to improve the effectiveness of techniques, one could also develop better self-discipline, more fitness, better social relationship, mental toughness, and perseverance.
The physical nature of judo is to fall and get up again, to submit to a technique and try again. It overwhelmingly favors the resilient mind. The mental aspect, or the psychological aspect of judo is equally important as one needs a healthy mind to guide his body. Judo is not an easy activity, and the higher one reaches, the harder it gets. With each progression of skill and expectation, the mental and physical aspect of training become tougher. Disappointments, slump in development, injuries, setbacks, limitations can all impede one's motivation to practice and continue, hence it is the perseverance and resilience that will carry one through these tough times.
We believe in intelligent training. We like to train hard, but not foolishly hard. Up to a certain point, more is better; but beyond that, we recognize there is a point of diminished return. We believe a rested and healthy body performs better, and would not encourage anyone to train through a serious injury just for the sake of "toughness". At the same time, we believe maintaining certain intensity is essential to maintain technical and physical fitness; and will try to organize each class to achieve this goal in an level-appropriate way. Most importantly, we believe in keeping concise instruction during class, and leaving the players to practice. We prefer to keep talking to a minimum, just enough to convey the ideas, but not too much to make students' attention drift.
The social aspect of judo is also very important. True respect and care of one's partner is essential to everyone, because you are someone else's partner. While judo is an individual activity, one could not go far without training partners. In this sense, it is a group activity as well. As a result of regular practice, it is inevitable that some friendships will forge inside and outside the club. When people could respectfully fight each other with full resistance and not let their ego get in the way, it makes a healthy competitive environment to encourage mutual growth. For children the social aspect it is even more pronounced as it helps shy children to make friends and develop more confidence, and helps the children who have excess energy to redirect their energy on an productive outlet.
As its name suggests, Judo Link wants to link people and culture through judo, as judo has done for the founder and many other judo players. Judo Link has affiliates around the world where its member could practice during travel visit or long term stay. These affiliate clubs are headed by people who are passionate about judo and whom the founder has forged strong working relationships. Look in the Locations page to see where you can request to practice on your next trip.