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Do you have to be barefoot for Judo?

There are a few reasons why shoes are not worn in judo. First and foremost, the practice of judo takes place on a mat called a tatami, which is traditionally made of straw but today is probably made of rubber and foam.

Wearing shoes on a tatami mat could damage the mat. 

Finally, wearing shoes can also introduce bacteria and germs onto the mat, which can be harmful to other practitioners. Ask yourself, would you walk over your bed with shoes on? If not then don't go on the mat with shoes on.

What is the difference between judo and wrestling?

Judo and wrestling are both combat sports that involve grappling and throwing techniques.

However, there are several key differences between the two. Judo originated in Japan and is focused on the principles of balance and leverage, while wrestling is a much older sport that originated in various cultures around the world and is focused on physical strength and endurance.

As you probable already know, in judo, practitioners wear a uniform called a gi, and you get points for flipping or tripping your opponent to land on their back. In wrestling, competitors wear a singlet and points are awarded for taking down the opponent and pinning them on their back.

And of course, Judo also has a much stronger emphasis on etiquette and discipline, while wrestling tends to be more aggressive and physical.

How do I get better at Judo?

If you really want to get better at judo, the most crucial aspect is to engage in regular and consistent practice. This will aid in honing your abilities and increasing your comfort level with the techniques.

It's equally vital to receive instruction from a qualified judo teacher who can offer guidance and feedback. Alongside your judo practice, work on your physical fitness by participating in routine strength and conditioning exercises like weightlifting and cardio.

This will help you cultivate the strength, endurance, and flexibility needed to excel in judo.

Lastly, here is the best tip I can give you. Watch hours and hours of judo matches on youtube. By analyzing the techniques employed by top judo practitioners in the world, you will gain a deeper understanding of the sport.

What is uchikomi?

Uchikomi is 50% of the art of Judo.

It's a Japanese term used in judo to refer to a drilling technique used to practice throwing and grappling movements. It involves repeating a specific judo technique over and over again, usually with a partner, in order to develop muscle memory and improve execution. It literally translates to "fit in" as in you create an opening to fit your body into.

Uchikomi is typically done with a partner who provides slight resistance and helps the practitioner maintain proper form.

Truth is, this type of drilling is the most important part of judo training and will give you the fastest path to mastery.


How long does it take to get a black belt in Judo?

It can take between 2-5 years, depending on how often you go to practice, how good your Sensei is, and how fast you pickup on the techniques and concepts.

Also, the time can vary based on various factors, such as your age, innate ability, and commitment to training.

I believe that earning a black belt in judo is a significant accomplishment and requires a great deal of hard work, dedication, and commitment to the sport.

Is Judo good for self defense?

While judo can be a useful and effective martial art for self-defense, it is not specifically designed for street fighting. The founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, took out many of the more self defense techniques, such as groin kicks, eye gouges, and throat strikes when he created the art.

Judo became a grappling-based martial art that focuses on taking an opponent to the ground and controlling them using throws, pins, and holds.

In the end, this kind of training is not well-suited for the chaotic and unpredictable nature of street fights, where there may be multiple attackers and weapons involved. If you are ever in a street fight, you should focus on quickly disabling an attacker and getting to safety, rather than trying to control them using judo techniques.

However, if you combine Judo with just some basic striking techniques you would have a potent self defense system.

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Can I get hurt while practicing Judo?

Similar to other physical activities, practicing judo comes with the potential for injury. Nonetheless, judo can be both safe and enjoyable when appropriate safety measures are implemented.

It's crucial to wear suitable protective gear, like a mouthguard and a judo gi, and adhere to the sport's rules and guidelines. Moreover, training under the supervision of a qualified judo instructor who can offer guidance is essential. By taking these precautions, you can significantly minimize the risk of injury.

Who invented Judo?

Here's the story: Judo was invented by Jigoro Kano, a Japanese educator and athlete, in the late 19th century. Kano was a practitioner of jujutsu, a traditional Japanese martial art, and was unhappy with the violent and dangerous nature of the sport.

He sought to create a new martial art that was safer and more accessible to the general public. After years of study and experimentation, Kano developed judo, which combined elements of jujutsu with other disciplines such as karate and wrestling.

And in addition to that. Kano also emphasized the importance of mental and moral development in judo, and the sport quickly gained popularity in Japan and around the world.

Jigoro Kano

How much groundwork does judo cover?

I can tell you that the term "ne-waza" refers to the groundwork techniques in judo. Judo techniques can be grouped into three main categories: tachi-waza (standing techniques), ne-waza (groundwork techniques), and atemi-waza (striking techniques).

You'll find that ne-waza techniques are executed when you are both on the ground. Ne waza encompasses  pins, submissions, and escapes to control while on the ground.

As a judo practitioner, you will be trained in various ne-waza techniques throughout your time in Judo. I highly encourage you to develop a comprehensive skillset that includes both standing and ground techniques.

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