Judo comes to us from Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigaro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujitsu. Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self confidence, and for many other reasons. Judo is best known for it's spectacular throwing techniques but also involves grappling on the ground utilizing specialized pins, control holds, arm locks, and choking techniques. Judo emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning. Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practicing the sport. Judo is an inexpensive, year-round activity that appeals to people from all walks of life. Many people over sixty years of age enjoy the sport, as well as very young boys and girls. Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises.
Judo for Wrestlers
Wrestlers are among the fighters that can benefit the most from cross training in Judo.
The practice of standing Judo will help wrestlers improve their balance, their defensive skills and most importantly their throws and takedowns.
Judo grappling practice can help improve turns and holds. Chokes and joint locks are also taught in Judo grappling practice and will come handy if the athlete is seeking a broader knowledge of mat work.
Since wrestling and Judo skills complement each other well, wrestlers interested in trying a different type of competition will find the transition into Judo relatively easy. Therefore, whether you are looking for improving your wrestling skills or you are looking for competition in a new sport Judo has something to offer to you.