Judo is a Japanese martial art, combat and Olympic sport where the goal is to either takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.
Judokas must wear white or blue judogi in practice, being white mandatory and blue optional.
What is Judo?
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art and combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Kano Jigoro. It has its roots in ju-jitsu which is an ancient Japanese method of self-defense and unarmed combat. Judo’s most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking, executing a strangle hold, or choke. Judo is a grappling martial art, it does NOT
involve punching or kicking. Judo provides an incredibly practical self-defense training which allows an individual to focus on controlling rather than escalating a conflict. It is a complete, effective form of training for children, women and men.
Benefits of practicing Judo?
The benefits of participating in Judo can include improvements in:
Do women do Judo?
Yes, they do.
Women benefit from judo’s key attributes, and from gaining a method of self-defense. Women who practice judo will feel safe in any situation where strength, technique, and intelligence are primary in their safety. In addition, Judo provides a feeling of fellowship. On the Judo mat artificial social distinctions disappear. Everyone is engaged in the same activity.
Judo as a sporting activity is something that families can enjoy and develop in together. It fosters a respect and care that enrich any social group, but especially a family. Judo truly is for anyone – especially girls and women.
How quickly will I learn?
To become good and proficient in anything takes time.
Quite often the beginner in Judo may feel that they are not picking up the techniques.
This is because, while it appears that the moves are quite simple, the coordination necessary to do them correctly can only be achieved after they have been practiced many times.
As you progress in Judo you gain coordination, and learning the moves then becomes easier.
How old my child has to be to do Judo?
Judo training can begin as young as 7 years old.
As far as an upper age limit – there isn’t one. There are many people who begin to do Judo at a late age.
Although not mandatory, many students decide to test their skills in local and national competitions.