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Japan and judo - an unbreakable bond

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By Richard CARTER

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I love Judo, I've been at it over 20 years now. Great fun and useful for self defence. I also have also been training in Taekwondo for many years. Someone at work the other day asked me which one is more useful in a real situation? Both have their merits and demerits but they are both just highly enjoyable!

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When the Tokyo Olympics eventually open a year late...

If.

I want to watch the judo AND karate if they're on though, best ones to me

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Any training gives you an edge, no bond is unbreakable even with training a lucky kick or punch you are down. I have enough head scares to attest to that. Think this artical is more about bolstering the Dead Olympics than Judo or anything else. Tomorrow wrestling next day pole vaulting.

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Great fun and useful for self defence

If you think that Judo is useful for self-defense you are out of your mind. Judo is a nice competitive wrestling style, but it is just useless in real fights. Like all Japanese, Chinese and Korean so-called martial arts.

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@daito_hak

"but it is just useless in real fights. Like all Japanese, Chinese and Korean so-called martial arts."

Thousands, possibly millions of practitioners across the world, and these martial arts are useless?

If you're such an authority on such matters, what are the "useful" martial arts?

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If you think that Judo is useful for self-defense you are out of your mind. Judo is a nice competitive wrestling style, but it is just useless in real fights.

Someone with a base knowledge of judo will be able to drop a layman nine times out of ten - even when the layman is bigger. Most people have no clue how to fight whatsoever, and are utter useless against a judo throw.

Whether judo succeed against other martial artists depends on the martial art. What I can say is that judo serves many MMA fighters well, and that is the true test of which martial arts have merit and which don't.

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Japan and judo - an unbreakable bond

Is judo ever on tv aside from the Olympics? I can't say I have noticed and I get satellite tv with the extra sports channels.

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If you think that Judo is useful for self-defense you are out of your mind. Judo is a nice competitive wrestling style, but it is just useless in real fights. Like all Japanese, Chinese and Korean so-called martial arts

What is useful? I boxed as a kid. Any good?

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It’s not self defense, it’s a sport.

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Whoa, you do not want to tangle with a judoist in a real fight. They can mess you up real fast.

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Heh, Boxings a sport too but stand by to get decked fast if you come up against an even average boxer.

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Someone at work the other day asked me which one is more useful in a real situation? Both have their merits and demerits but they are both just highly enjoyable!

Bruce Lee said that if you want to train for a street fight, choose boxing + wrestling.

Considering that's what most MMA fights boil down to these days, he was right. But Judo is still very practical and useful.

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Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, and even Khusti - lovely forms of martial arts that sharpen mental and physical reflexes. Some of these traditional cultural assets could easily be introduced in our Society.

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Someone with a base knowledge of judo will be able to drop a layman nine times out of ten - even when the layman is bigger.

If that person can’t fight, if he she can, then you can up the odds.

Most people have no clue how to fight whatsoever, and are utter useless against a judo throw.

That is somewhat true depending on where you’re from or where you live.

Whether judo succeed against other martial artists depends on the martial art. What I can say is that judo serves many MMA fighters well, and that is the true test of which martial arts have merit and which don't.

Again true, but Judo is extremely limited in its offensive moves. That’s where Jujitsu comes in and if you can do Juijitsu I don’t care what martial art you do, it doesn’t matter at that point, once they are down and on the ground it’s pretty much finished, because when you get into a fight almost 70% of the time it’s going to end on the ground when it ends on the ground it doesn’t matter how strong you are or what you know, but if you know and understand and can use Jiu-Jitsu and know how to play the moves the other person is finished, now if you know how to do boxing that helps too, if you are a trained boxer with Jiu-Jitsu Training, you can pretty much take on anyone. But daito_hak is absolutely right on everything he said.

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Boxing is indeed a sport or athletic contest. But, the aim is to KO, TKO, or outpoint your opponent. It is full tilt and an excellent means of conditioning.

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Boxing is indeed a sport or athletic contest. But, the aim is to KO, TKO, or outpoint your opponent. It is full tilt and an excellent means of conditioning.

True, they’re all good for developing speed and coordination, but to your point, fighting in the ring is very different from fighting in the streets where there aren’t any rules.

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"If you think that Judo is useful for self-defense you are out of your mind. Judo is a nice competitive wrestling style"

Said by one who probably have never trainee any kind of fighting arts.

Marital arts? Maybe.

Martial? Doubtful.

Akin to people claiming Kata is useless; they usually know nothing about Karate.

I have practiced Karate since I was a little kid.

I can almost assure you that 90+% of folks out there are untrained.

Just put your face on a collision course with someone who's trained in "useless" Kata forms and see what happens.

Same if you get done on the pavement, courtesy of an Ippon seionage.

Lots of jokers commenting on things they don't understand.

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Never trained

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It is full tilt and an excellent means of conditioning.

That’s the main reason I did it.

One issue is bare knuckle punching as opposed to punching when having your wrists and hands strapped up in a boxing match. I knew a bare knuckle fighter who showed me how to punch barehand. A different technique.

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Peeping Tom,

Quite right.

Ive trained in fighting systems from a young age too. I would NEVER want to face a trained judoka in a serious fight.

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And Ive known and trained with enough karate fighters to also know the extreme probability of serious injury in a full on confrontation with them.

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I respect all Martial Arts, but in my years of training since I was kid starting off with Tae Kwon Do, boxing, wrestling and Aikido, I still felt I wasn’t given the satisfaction I wanted, never trained in Judo, but once I discovered Brazilian Jiujitsu everything changed for me. I think there are so many styles out there you should find the one that suits and addresses all of your needs. Better doing something than nothing at all.

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Judo is extremely limited in its offensive moves. That’s where Jujitsu comes in and if you can do Juijitsu I don’t care what martial art you do, it doesn’t matter at that point, once they are down and on the ground it’s pretty much finished

Brazilian Jiujitsu comes from Judo. Judo use to be interchangeably called Judo (柔道) or Jujutsu (柔術), until the 1920s, where it was standardized as judo. When it was taken to Brazil in the early 20s, they messed up the word a bit changing it from Jujutsu to Jujitsu. Then they modified it to become what it is now.

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Well as I said in the very first comment here, I have been doing Judo for 2 decades, I really enjoy it and has a lot of useful techniques should I need to use them for real. Some people don't rate Judo I see, well that's up to you. Find the martial art which suits you.

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Find the martial art which suits you.

I agree.

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"I would NEVER want to face a trained judoka in a serious fight."

Exactly my thoughts on the whole thingy; especially if the melee takes place in a tight spot, not enough room, then the Judoka will definitely have a ball.

Most of my childhood friends went for Judo/Aikido; I was the "dissenting one" and chose Shotokan; occasionally I do some Kyokushin too.

A judoka's grip powere is something you'll never forget.

You'll find most doubters are those who know squat about martial arts.

Or Brazilian jujitsu practitioners, who conveniently "forget" that Brazilian was added in front of what is a Japanese form, used in the arts of war to begin with.

The Samurai were already using "Brazilian" jujitsu centuries ago; they just didn't know it was Brazilian.

Let's also forget that when the Samurai were plying their nefarious art, Brazil did not even exist.

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It’s not self defense, it’s a sport.

Both !!.. Cut ignorance.. (Facepalm)..

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