Throw some shapes on the (padded) floor… Judo, meaning “gentle way,” is a Japanese martial art and combat sport that was developed in the late nineteenth century.
It is characterized by the indirect application of force to defeat an opponent, meaning that you don’t have to be a heavyweight to win at this game.
The philosophy and techniques developed for Judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from traditional schools after the 1890’s.
The worldwide spread of Judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which was developed after Mitsuyo Maeda brought judo to Brazil in 1914. Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others; moreover it provides the means for developing physical coordination, power, and flexibility as well as self-confidence and concentration.
As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it promotes complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action.
More specifically, Judo is based on the principle of using one’s opponent’s strength against them and adapting well to changing circumstances.
So, if your opponent were to come at you with their full strength, merely stepping to the side and displacing that strength with a well-placed foot and turn of the hand could be enough to throw them. Sounds easy huh?
At Fight Sports we use Judo to lapidate our fighters take downs game with its spectacular throwing techniques.