Judo: Its History, Practice And Benefits every martial artist should know

Judo: Its History, Practice And Benefits every martial artist should know 

Judo is a Japanese form of martial arts that has its origins in JujutsuJudo was originally created in 1882 in Japan by Dr. Kano Jigoro. The word “judo” means “gentle way”.Even though the name Judo is translated as meaning ‘gentle way’ it is actually a full contact martial arts style that has proven itself as an incredibly effective form of self-defense and is still used in high profile mixed martial arts competitions.
Its Japanese creator, Jigoro Kano, was a master in many different Jujutsu styles before he went on to develop his own school of martial arts in the late 19th century. The result was an effective self-defense system, a great way to get fit and build up strength, and a martial art that develops many useful life skills.
Like it’s more commercialized cousin BJJ, Judo is a martial arts style that focuses more on grappling, chokes and joint locks than stand up fighting, though is equally famous for it’s throws. In fact experienced practitioners are adept at performing throws that roll into joint lock or choke submissions fluidly.

The Benefits of Judo

Regular practice over time develops balance, control, reaction skills, flexibility, concentration and coordination. It also builds self-confidence, discipline and trust. It is an effective self-defense system, too. Jigoro Kano was interested in sports, but he also wanted to create a method that was available for everyone and that could benefit people as a way of life. 

Judo has also often been praised as the best martial art for women, children and teens as it does not rely on brute strength to be effective. Using your opponents weight and force against them Judo can be used efficiently against much larger and more powerful attackers.
 Another great benefit of this martial arts style is that the minimal use of actual strikes means that a practitioner can seize control of a bully or attacker and render them helpless until they cool down or helps come along without having to resort to potentially deadly blows.
The strategic element of this martial art has even been discovered to be a great way to build brain power and has become recognized by health professionals as a natural way to treat acid reflux disease, hernias and trials are even being run for those with autism.

Techniques and Principles

Of all techniques used in Judo, the throwing techniques are the most famous. Other techniques include arm locks, pins, choking techniques and control holds. This system uses a lot of grappling movements, but there are no punches or kicks. Safety is always an important principle.
Technique and skill are often more important than pure physical force. A student will learn to use movement, timing, leverage and balance when facing an opponent. For example when facing a strong opponent, giving way could be more effective than using physical strength.

Who Can Learn?

Millions of people in the world practice Judo today. This martial art welcomes both men and women, as well as children and even the elderly. All age groups can learn the art and benefit from the techniques and skills learned in class.
Students come to classes for a variety of reasons. Some are simply looking for a fun sport and want to enjoy a physical activity that builds fitness, flexibility and strength. Some students want to add a martial art to their existing exercise routine. Some want to learn self-defense skills that could be useful in everyday life, and some students are more interested in progressing through the system of ranks and testing their skills in competitions.

Rules and Ranks

All martial arts have a set of rules, and Judo also has its own rules too. Like many other martial arts, it uses colored belts as symbols of the different ranks. Those with a black belt are also graded in ten different degrees. Competitions are arranged at different levels, from local competitions to national level and even up to Olympic level.
Judo is a great choice for anyone interested in getting fit, learning self-defense or developing balance, strength, flexibility and coordination. As most martial arts, it is a method that involves the mind as well as the body. The movements have sometimes been called a moving meditation. Together with concentration and breathing, the movements can help to reduce stress levels and increase peace of mind, too.


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