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Judo

Written by Sierra Rein
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The art of Judo is a relatively new martial art, having been founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, as a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu, a feudal Japanese martial art in and of itself. It quickly became a popular self defense technique and way of life, and was recently added to the Olympic Games in 1964. Like so many other martial arts, it is considered a ruled, disciplined sport that requires athleticism, concentration, focus, and great sportsmanship.

Judo is usually practiced and executed on a comfortable mat, as it usually involves a lot of throwing, pins, wrestling, and balance. Flexibility in the body and in your actions, and the ability to use balance, weight, and energy to throw down your attacker are the goals of the art, as opposed to the use of brute strength. Thus, it is a popular self defense technique for women, children, and even the handicapped to ward off attackers of any size.

The Inside World Of Judo

Judo became a template for many modern martial arts, in that it was the first to use a the teaching system built on a kyu/dan ranking system. This method of ranking students based on skill uses differently colored belts that are awarded to students as they rise in ability and mental strength. These belts were used with the traditional Judo uniform, or judogi, which has very specific rules about the fabric, how it is worn, any adornments or patches placed on it, as well as underclothes for women.

If you are interested in becoming a student of Judo, make sure you are ready to use all of your senses and all of your muscles. Training equipment such as floor mats, knee pads, and other protective gear are great for beginners as well as black belt experts. Follow the enclosed links for information on great martial arts equipment and Judo supplies.


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