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Judo is a martial art that started in Japan. In the sport, judokas must use their hands and feet to bring opponents to the ground and score points, or immobilize them. Judo is a very popular sport worldwide, it is the most practiced martial art in the world. In addition to being a very fun sport to practice, judo teaches self-defense and discipline, helps with flexibility, speed, and agility, and brings many more benefits.

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What is Judo?

Judo is a martial art from Japan in which athletes aim to throw down their opponents using feet, hands, and arms.

What are the main principles of judo?

There are 7 main principles of judo and they are:

  • Physical training
  • Natural Posture
  • Courtesy
  • Initiative
  • Breaking Balance
  • Stability
  • Gentleness

Is Judo and Jiu Jitsu the same?

Although similar, Jiu Jitsu and Judo are not the same. While judo emphasizes throwing, and applying a throwing technique can win you a match, that doesn't happen in jiu-jitsu, where the focus is more on grappling techniques.

Is Judo good for self defense?

Yes, judo may be helpful in a self defense scenario. Judo allows you to defend yourself in a quick and non-violent manner, and even defeat a stronger person.

Is judo hard on the body?

The answer depends. While it is a safe sport for children to practice, being a judoka at a high level for many years certainly has its impacts on the body.

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