Why choose Judo?

Practised in almost every country around the world, Judo is an Olympic sport with internationally recognised rules and regulations. There are divisions for people of all ages and sizes, and opportunities for those with a range of abilities to compete at all levels. Judo is a great recreational activity and a superb way to get fit. The techniques used in Judo follow the body’s natural movements, leading to the balanced development of the body, good posture, exceptional flexibility and improved stamina. The huge variety of techniques on offer means that you will never stop learning and enjoying Judo.

Philosophy of Judo

Judo, meaning ‘gentle way’, is characterized by the indirect application of force to defeat an opponent. More specifically, it is the principle of using one's opponent's strength against them and adapting well to changing circumstances. The object is to throw one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize their opponent with a grappling maneuver or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands, feet and weapons are a part of judo, but only in forms of Kata and are not allowed in judo competitions or free practice. The philosophy and subsequent science developed for judo has become the model for almost all modern Japanese martial arts.

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