If people are deciding whether they want to sign up for Judo or Boxing, Karate or other martial arts, it is very often the fact that Judo seems to be very tough in comparison to other martial arts. This is no surprise because, in no other martial arts, the student has to apply joint locks, chokes and throws to force the opponent into submission.
In Judo, the adult is not using strikes. Instead, he is manipulating the bodyweight of the opponent to throw him on the ground. By learning and applying the various thrown techniques in Judo, the student is improving his balance and posture. This results in more strength and into a higher confidence. The benefits of Judo for adults shall be demonstrated in this article.
Increase in physical fitness
In Judo, the student undergoes an intensive body workout. The Workout begins with a warmup and is then followed by working on the techniques or doing drills. The program is enhanced by doing randori sessions (sparring), in which the students have the opportunity to apply new techniques under pressure.
Randori shouldn’t be underestimated because, in comparison to other martial arts, the Judoka is experiencing a real-life situation, where he is pressurized to execute the right techniques at the right time. Whoever has gained more experience inside the Dojo by participating in various randori sessions, is confident and knowledgeable in dealing with life-threatening situations outside the dojo. This can be seen as as an important benefit of Judo for adults.
In Judo, the student needs to adhere to certain principles that he will also carry outside the dojo. One of these principles is to show respect towards your Sensei and your partner. As part of the Judo program, the student can only learn the techniques, if he listens to the instructions of his Sensei and is willing to cooperate with his partner.
From the first time the student enters the Dojo, he is expected to show and learn the proper etiquette. As one of the most important principles, the student must perform a “Ritsu Rei”, whenever he enters or exits the Dojo. Important to mention is that the standing bow is not just a physical thing. It is also mental.
This means that the student is expected to clear his mind of all negative thoughts. Only then the student can open himself to the new techniques and become a better person for what they are about to learn inside the Dojo.
Following the Judo etiquette is crucial for learning the various techniques and for shaping the character of the Judoka.
When Judo is becoming part of the personality
Once the student enters the Dojo, he needs to learn to respect his fellow Athens. In addition, the student needs to humble himself. While learning the techniques through the help of his partner, the student is also expected to being helpful to others when they want to learn new techniques. Adhering to these principles clearly show the benefits of doing Judo for character building.
Inside the Dojo, the student learns courage, honesty, respect, and endurance. Those qualities are important and useful in daily life as well. For those that practice Judo many years, Judo has already become part of their personality. Even if they don’t recognize it, Judo has already developed a part of their character. Thus, the student and Judo become a symbiotic unity.
The key lesson
The benefits of Judo for adults are obvious. Judo not only contributes to a healthier lifestyle but also helps the student to become a better person. Most importantly, the student learns important qualities such as honesty, respect, and endurance. Thus, Judo becomes part of this personality, which in turn results in a healthier lifestyle, higher confidence and into becoming a better person in society.
If you are interested in growing and developing your character to acquire more capabilities and knowledge, we are looking forward to welcoming you as new member of our Dojo.