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We Know: All About Judo

How did judo originate?

Judo, or the gentle way, was developed by Dr. Jigaro Kano, a Japanese educator and martial artist, at the end of the 19th century. Dr. Kano modified an existing form of martial arts called Jujitsu, a hand-to-hand method of combat employed by Samurais when they lost their weapons. He eliminated the killing moves in Jujitsu to align it with his personal philosophy and to make judo more palpable to the western influences, which were infiltrating Japan at the time.

What are some of the basics of judo?

Judo is rooted in the mastery of different throwing and grappling techniques. It stresses close-in hand-to-hand combat like one might encounter on the streets. In addition to the physical aspect, Dr. Kano always thought of judo has having a spiritual component as well, which would help students of the art overcome internal obstacles like anger and hatred to become well-rounded, better human beings

How does judo differ from other forms of martial arts?

Judo is much less stringent in its use of routine forms, or kanas, than most martial arts. Free-form practice emphasizes the mirroring of real world encounters over stylized bouts. Gripping, choking, and throwing are the hands-on methods used to ground the student in real, useful martial activity.

Is judo an effective form of martial arts?

With its emphasis on hand-to-hand combat, judo has measured up well in international competition. Judo is such an effective method of combat that it has been standardized in police forces around the world as a useful tool in self-defense and the subduing of criminals. Besides self-defense, judo also serves as a great aerobic workout and a gateway to eastern forms of meditation and wisdom.

Where can I learn more about judo?

Books on judo include, Judo Strategy by Yoffie and Kwak, The Father of Judo by Watson and Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching edited by Wiley.

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