Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various choke holds or joint locks until submission.
Judo is a rigorous and demanding physical activity. The practice of judo techniques helps people develop basic and fundamental physical fitness in a number of ways, such as the development of strength, flexibility, agility, speed, dynamic and static balance, explosive power, and endurance. The practice of active attack and defense helps develop reaction time, coordination, and overall physical self-confidence.
Practiced today by millions of individuals, judo is undoubtedly the most popular combat sport in the world. In terms of sheer numbers of participants, judo is the second most popular sport of any sport. Millions have discovered the spectacular enriching sport, and way of life, we know of as judo.
Who can learn judo?
Judo is for Men, Women, Teens and Children – Judo students should be in reasonable physical condition for their age to join. Like any other exercise program, all prospective students should visit their physician prior to starting any exercise program. One advantage Judo has over other sports in general is that both men and women from junior to senior can participate. [Junior students must be at least 3½ years of age to join SVJ] Unlike other team sports, students do not get ‘cut’ from the team at anytime in their Judo career. Judo is a physical activity/sport/training program that can last you a lifetime.
What makes Judo unique compared to other martial arts?
Unlike Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Gung fu or Kung Fu, all striking [kicks and punches] techniques have been removed from Judo techniques applied during practice. A few striking techniques still exist in Judo Kata’s [forms]. By removing the strikes from Judo, its students are able to practice it at full speed and full effort without any need to ‘pull punches’ resulting in very effective physical training. Since Judo has it’s roots in Jujitsu, many of Judo’s techniques are similar to Ju-jitsu’s. Jujitsu does not spend much time learning how to throw their opponent to the ground. Judo and Tae Kwon Do are the only two martial arts that are Olympic Sports. Judo has a well-organized and standardized set of competition rules for local tournaments.
How does Judo compare to other sports in terms of exercise value?
Judo is an excellent way to improve strength, flexibility and cardio vascular endurance. Weightlifting can improve one’s strength but does little to improve overall flexibility & cardio vascular endurance. Exercise programs that are mainly cardio vascular in nature such as running or biking improve cardio vascular endurance, but do little to improve both upper and lower body strength.
Judo can be one of the most effective activities to ‘burn off’calories. Based on a list from Foodanddiet.com, Judo ranks up there with Boxing, Cross-Country Skiing, Jumping Rope [at least 125 skips per minute], Running [10 minute miles] or play squashing in terms of calories used during that activity. Based on which calorie burn calculator you believe, a 180lb person working out at judo will burn up to 921 calories in an hour according to discovery health.com. Based on the healthstatus.com’s calorie counter, a judo player will burn 820 calories per hour.
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