Most Sporting clubs have at least one of these guys. In Judo, he/ she is referred to as Randori King. Most people train to improve or to test themselves at the highest level of competition they can manage.
However, others often change their goal, give up on their goal or completely disregard the notion of training being an avenue of development.
This guy (and I will be sexist and refer to said person as a guy, makes writing easier) could be an older athlete past their prime with too much pride to back down, a young up and comer who sees any sign of weakness (even in training) as a defeat and a slight on their pride or even a mid-twenties athlete who never quite made the big time.
During randori RK almost always:
* ‘Bludges’ during technical or conditioning to ‘save’ their energy for Randori
* Pick an ‘easy’ partner for first randori to warm up.
* Avoid the hardest guys as much as possible.
* Will not fight 2 hard guys in a row.
* Will not fight the same hard guy twice in one night.
* Screams the house down whenever they throw someone (making sure whole club hears)
* Will fight ultra negatively to avoid being thrown (no ref at training, so no penalties)
While every bone in my body wants to kill RK it’s important to remember that I could quite possibly become RK myself someday if I take the easy way out. The temptation of that short cut based training is something I refuse to give in to. There is absolutely no short cut to the top tier of world Judo.
Although it may not be everyone’s best way to learn it is important to not get frustrated with RK and let him go home full of pride, after all, that training session was his Everest. If you have big goals then you have far bigger fish to fry then RK.
I have my own formula I use to ensure I keep my focus:
1000 hours of fatigue, sacrifice, frustration, soreness and anger = 1 day of ecstasy when you win the big comp you’ve had your eye on.