Judo, that is, the "gentle way" was a refinement of the martial art jujitsu, one of the oldest martial arts styles, dating back hundreds of years.
The martial art style of Judo can mean many things to different people. At the very least, it is a fun and exciting sport, an art,
a discipline, an activity, a way to protect yourself, and quite simply, for many, a way of life. Although you may hear many different meanings
from different people, the word "Judo" itself can actually mean all of the above and several more.
Originating around 1882, Judo comes from a fighting system of feudal Japan. Upon its founding, Judo was a refinement of the martial art of jujutsu (also seen as Jujitsu or Jiu-Jitsu).
Ju-jutsu is one of the most ancient of Asian martial arts styles, dating back hundreds of years.
Judo probably became best known worldwide in 1964 when it was first introduced in the Olympic Games. Now, it is practiced by millions of people all across the world.
Judo can help students stay in shape, excel in all areas of competition, provide a means of self defense,
and several other things. For a majority of students of all ages, however, Judo is
practiced just for fun. On the other hand, although it starts
out as fun for many, it quickly turns into a way of life, a burning passion if you will.
Similar to other martial arts styles, Judo has rules that ensure the
safety of those competing in the competitions. Students of Judo who are looking to test
their skills will enjoy the competition levels, which range from club
meets to national tournaments, and on up to the well known and best
level of competition - the International Olympic Games.
Judo is known best for it’s amazing throw
techniques. What many aren’t aware of, is the fact
that Judo is more than just throws. It also involves grappling on the ground, controlling
holds, arm locks, leg locks, and
even choking techniques. Judo teaches all aspects of self defense, or close quarters combat, from a grappler's standpoint.
Another great thing about Judo is the fact that anyone, male or female,
can study and become masters of the sport, even those who are
disabled. Judo is also an
inexpensive sport to participate in, is taught and practiced throughout
the year, and appeals to a broad range of
individuals. This particular martial art is also unique in
the sense that even seniors often enjoy practicing it on a daily basis.
Judo also helps students learn and develop respect and self
discipline. It offers the student a chance to learn self confidence,
leadership skills, power, flexibility, and physical prowess.
Judo has evolved quite a bit over the years, going from a fighting art
to competition status. These days, there are separate Judo
ranks for kids, adults, and seniors.
The martial art, Judo, which actually means the “gentle
teaches you the applications that you need for self defense as well as
competition. Judo is unlike other martial arts, in the sense
that it combines the best of grappling with awesome throws that require
little to no strength - but rely more on the way you position your
Judo is an excellent martial art that anyone can