Judo was developed in Japan for sport and was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a physical, mental, and moral study in Japan. With its origins coming from jujutsu, judo’s most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or take down an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms. Judo can be a strong form of self-defense that uses an opponent’s force against them. The practice of Judo increases understanding of how one’s own body moves and how to create leverage to move, flip or throw a much larger foe. Judo form is soft, and develops proper falling techniques without injury by keeping the body supple and flexible, developing coordination and strength. The opponent’s strength is used against them.
The practitioner can use Judo for powerful self-defense to end a confrontation in one movement. The practitioner can choose to damage his foe by dropping an enemy on his head or to instead just drop him on his back. Integrated Martial Arts Judo also teaches how to escape a throw or to reverse it. The body becomes supple and you must first learn how to fall safely and learn how to jump and dive and roll. Then you can safely work with your practice partners and can learn to flip and throw one another.
Judo form is soft, and develops proper falling techniques without injury by keeping the body flexible, while also developing coordination and strength. The opponent’s strength is used against them in offensive and defensive movements. Precise placement of the feet is vital. Very strong handgrips are applied over the opponent’s entire body.
Some of the first benefits of Judo include:
- Whole Body Flexibility & Suppleness which enables Better Circulation
- Break Falls – Learn How to Fall Without Injury
- How to Overcome an Opponent’s Balance
- Ability to Throw a Larger Opponent with ease
- How to Jump, Dive & Roll
- Basic Tumbling