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WHAT IS JUDO ?
In 1882 Professor Jigoro Kano created
a new martial art, and he named it
Judo, meaning “The gentle way”.
Judo later became an Olympic sport
which is loved and practiced across the
world, from tiny Dojo’s (the hall you practice
in) to colossal Dojo’s in Japan, where Judokas
(people who practice Judo) live, eat and sleep judo.
In fact for many people who take up the sport, it becomes a way of life and your club becomes a second family.
Judo not only is a sport, but it directs a Judoka on a journey of self-improvement and discovery. Judo encourages you into becoming the best person you can be. Judo grows ones confidence and self-esteem, it teaches us balance, posture, movement, reactions and awareness. But also it provides with a moral code, that each and every one of us can live by.
Judo naturally creates an environment of strict discipline, etiquette and gives a focus to the importance of hygiene and respect, modesty, politeness and general social skills.
Judo allows you to set realistic goals and with effort and determination enables you to achieve them. This for example could be attaining your next grade, learning a new technique or simply just keeping fit and helping your fellow Judoka.
Judo is beautiful unique sport. This is mainly because it has many different attributes that many other sports do not have. To start with as mentioned before, Judo is an Olympic sport. It is a sport fit for all ages, males and females and because of its uniqueness, it can also be played by many different disabled classifications.
A person who practices Judo is known as a Judoka. A Person who teaches judo is known as a Sensei.
A Judogi or GI is the uniform/suit that a Judoka
wears to participate in. It is made up of three
parts, of which are a heavy weave material to
withstand the strength of throwing and grappling.
The three parts are the jacket, the trousers and
the belt. Judoka traditional wear a white Judogi.
It is only in competition a blue Judogi is used,
simply to distinguish the difference between two
Judoka, as one will wear white and the other Blue.
Judo is a ranked sport where the superiority and
knowledge of a judoka is shown depending on
their colour grade. A KYU and DAN (black) grade is a Senior grade and a MON Grade being a Junior Grade. This system was developed by Jigoro Kano and was based on the ranking system in the board game called “Go”
The colour belts of the grade rankings are as follows:
RED 6th KYU 1st – 3rd MON
YELLOW 5th KYU 4th – 6th MON
ORANGE 4th KYU 7th – 9th MON
GREEN 3rd KYU 10th – 12th MON
BLUE 2nd KYU 13th – 15th MON
BROWN 1st KYU 16th – 18th MON
BLACK 1st DAN-5th DAN
Judo sessions are split up into Juniors and Seniors. Juniors being from the age of 5-15 Years and the Seniors are from 16 Years upwards even to the 105 Year olds! This split enables each and every individual the chance to progress and learn in an environment that is suitable and safe for them.
At your first lesson you are taught to fall correctly and safely, what is known as “learning to breakfall” Once mastered you can practice Judo safely and it will also give you the confidence to participate fully.
The definitive goal for any Judoka in competition is to win a fight by the Ultimate score IPPON. In Japan and the way of the warrior, IPPON symbolizes the death of their opponent and Judoka will risk everything for that Ultimate IPPON victory.
Judo involves many different elements and techniques, but mainly these are throwing and pinning techniques and the combining of the two with transitions.
However for the Seniors there are also joint locking and strangle/choke techniques. Once a junior progresses to the higher grades and becomes a senior, it is then when they learn submissions to win a fight by joint lock or a choke.
Judo can produce spectacular, explosive, very elegant and powerful throws, which when executed for IPPON can feel effortless and like you’re floating, giving ultimate fulfillment to the Judoka.
The traditional element to Judo is called as Kata. Kata is a pre-arranged form of set techniques and are demonstrated in a different way to a normal Judo competition. Katas involves Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet, as well as weapons for defenses.
Juniors and Seniors are required to learn a certain amount of kata for their grading’s. This is a BJA requirement, but it also gives the Judoka an understanding of the mechanics of the techniques and how traditional techniques are used within a competition and practical environment.
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