The creator of Judo was a man named Jigoro Kano. Kano had learned many Japanese martial arts techniques in his youth. He realized that although many of these techniques were practical for self defense, they were impractical to practice at full speed with a resisting opponent. We don’t know of he intended this martial art to become the gigantic sport it is today, but Judo has grown to be an international phenomenon, becoming an official Olympic sport in 1964.
There are many benefits to practicing the martial art of Judo, the first one, self-defense is what most people think of. There is no doubt that judo works because Judo skills can end a fight quickly if you are ever caught in a physical confrontation.
A second benefit to learning Judo is learning ukemi waza (falling techniques). The very first thing you will learn in Judo class is how to fall so that you do not injure yourself. This falling skill will undoubtedly save you at least once in you lifetime. I have known many martial artists in my lifetime, and EVERY single one of them had a story about them falling and then rolling out of it using ukemi.
Personally my ukemi story starts with me and my friends mountain biking in the forests of Hawaii as a young man. I hit a tree root going at quite a fast speed (I was younger and less wise), my bike stopped cold in it’s tracks. My body was not stopped. I went flying over the handlebars and ended up performing a forward roll out of pure instinct. Falling techniques saved my neck. Literally.
The last benefits I will talk about is tenacity and perseverance.
Because Judo is a competitive sport, there is a winner and a loser every-time you step into a match. Judo teaches you to win with humility and lose with grace.
Everyone reacts differently to winning and losing. The right way to look at the competitive aspect of Judo is to know that every loss is a chance to learn. It should teach you that the more you stick with it the more you start to win. Losing is motivation as well. Losing a match, is some potent fuel for training harder the next time you step on to the mats.
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