"the gentle way", is a perfect example of skill over brute
strength as it teaches you how to use your opponents weight against
them. So although a woman may feel intimidated by a taller male
opponent, though the skilful application of close-quarter throws,
strangles and holds she can overpower him. It's easy to see why this
discipline produces self-confidence and is a great way of letting off
It also makes sense that judo was invented to combat bullying at
school. In 1882 in Japan, Jigoro Kano founded a judo academy after
years of studying other martial arts to discover the most efficient way of
deterring his playground enemies. Initially judo was pooh-poohed by
other martial artists until, in 1886, Tokyo's police force held a martial
arts tournament and judo techniques came out on top. Recently, judo
has been the most widely practiced of martial arts outside China, so a
"kai" or judo club is usually easy to find locally.
Essentially, the judo student, or "judoka", learns three
groups of techniques - standing, ground and vital-point techniques (known
as "tachi waza", "katane waza" and "atemi waza").
Training mostly comprises sparring with a partner. Judo is now
respected throughout the world and is an official Olympic sport with
strict rules and regulations so that all participants safety is paramount whilst still a
thoroughly enjoyable recreational activity.
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