Art, Olympic Sport, Self Defence
(Protective Behavior)

See also:
Breakfalls,
How To Fold Your Judo Gi,
How To Tie Your Belt,
How To Tie Your Judo Pants
Judo Grades System - Australia
Language of Judo
Gokyo - Judo Throws

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JUDO is a system of unarmed combat that officially began in 1882 in Japan. However, its origins can be traced back to Jujitsu and the much earlier "kumiuchi' which was part of the fighting skills of Samurai, or Japanese warrior.

Using techniques of throwing, arm locks, escapes, strangles, wrist locks etc. students can learn to deal with a variety of attacks by unarmed or even armed attackers. Most Judo techniques were originally devised for this purpose.

Professor Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo directed that true Judo should conform to the concepts of:

'Maximum Efficiency' for 'Minimum Effort' and 'Mutual Welfare and Benefit'.

Judo An International Sport

From large to small there are Judo schools everywehere, widely dispersed throughout the world. Europe, Asia and particularly Japan of course. But when we get together in international competition, the popularity of judo is seen in the large number of countries that are represented. There are representatives form not only the largest nations but even down to some of the smallest island nations are often present. Judo is truly an international sport.

Judo Olympics

Judo has been in Olympics from very early on in the modern Olympic movement. It is a modification, encouraged by Professor Kano, which eliminates much of the tasks of injury inherent in any unrestricted combat.

What Makes Judo Different

Some would say that it is that Judo is a sport and is it. But to stop there would be a misunderstanding.

It is true that, the main thing that distinguishes Judo from other martial arts is the concentration that students have on throwing. It is our main objective to take our opponent to the ground by causing them to lose their balance and using their momentum to finish them off. We may then choose to follow them to the ground to apply holds, strangles or arm locks (the latter two are allowed in junior competition). However throwing is by far our most proficient and preferred way of fighting.

But Judo is also, a complete self defence system for those that want to pursue it and an art as well. The Art is in the Kata which is all the strikes kicks and the most dangerous moves are practised.

Judo Self Defense

At Newport Judo we teach children principles from the Protective Behaviours Program. This along with Judo principals provides the tools to avoid conflict as well as confidence and ability to control situations or defend if necessary.

The Art or Judo Kata

Kata is where the tasks of potential injury are now practiced. This not only makes them safe to practice but also turns them into a real art form and refines the students Skill, precision and concentration and mental preparedness

Women in Judo

Women have been involved in Judo for more than 60 years. Professor Kano himself is recorded as having taught skills to his servant girls that enabled one of them, when attacked by a man at night, to break his wrist and escape! Today we also teach many common sense and Assertive approaches that can help women to increase their confidence in daily activities.

Children

Children have also been involved from very early days. Professor Kano, who was an educator himself, introduced Judo into schools when he became Minister for Education in Japan to promote fitness of mind and body.

Discipline

Discipline is often a reason parents bring children to Martial Arts. Rigid discipline can stifle creativity and a really good judo player is not only a thinking person but a creative person. Discipline and growth are gained over time, not expected but nurtured.