Judo is well known for its many benefits and practiced by millions around the world. Since 1964, Judo has become an official Olympic sport. Originally, Judo was a martial arts form that developed in Japan many years ago. Judo was first practiced by the samurai. In particular, Judo means “the gentle way”. This phrase addresses techniques, which give way to the force of the opponent. However, the reality is that Judo is an intense and very powerful sport. This article will show in more detail what Judo is and why it has become a very popular sport around the world.
What is Judo?
Many people have certainly heard about the many health benefits of doing Judo. However, only a few people know which techniques Judo really includes.
Judo techniques combine Jujitsu with mental strength. In particular, it means that the Olympic sport includes the following techniques:
- Arm locks
On the other side, Judo does not involve the following:
In Judo, the opponents grip their uniform (Judogi) and use balance, power, and movement to try to subdue each other. Mastering the art of Judo takes a lot of time, effort and energy. Moreover, it requires the student a high level of physical and mental training.
What is so special about Judo?
Judo is much more than just a combat sport. Judo students need to adhere to a code of ethics, which is a way of living. As part of the physical education program on many schools, training centers, and universities, students are discovering what it means to live the way of Judo. in particular when receiving the black belt, it is not about “getting” the black belt, but becoming one.
Through regular practice, the Judo student develops a sound base of knowledge and skills to become a good athlete. This is also because Judo requires the student a high level of physical involvement as well as mental discipline. In doing so, the student learns the following techniques and skills:
- Lifting and throwing the opponent
- Pinning the opponent down
- Controlling the opponent
- Applying chokeholds or joint locks for submission
It can not be overseen that doing Judo offers many health benefits to the student. Those should be discussed in the next paragraphs.
Judo improves health
Doing Judo is good for health. While doing Judo, the student is burning many calories. This is especially useful for people that want to practice a comprehensive sport. Also, Judo is ideal for those that want to stay fit. Most importantly, doing Judo activates the metabolism of the student.
In addition, Judo improves the respiratory system, because it teaches the student how to breathe correctly. While carrying out the physical exercises, one needs to focus on his inhalation and exhalation.
Apart from that, Judo can help the student to make his cardiovascular system work better. Through achieving a good blood circulation, the student avoids high blood pressure. Furthermore, the student has to learn different poses that improve his body balance and increase his flexibility.
Learning Judo techniques and poses also regulate digestive functions and have a positive effect on the nervous system. This results in increased pain resistance and improved memory.
Benefits of Judo for adults
Through Judo, the student has to undergo an intensive workout. Those adults who train Judo will recognize higher muscle strength. Despite the fact that the student is not always lifting his partner, he will still have to spend a lot of time with manipulating his weight. For adults, this means that he will notice a change or improvement in his body composition as he becomes more dynamic.
The key to success in Judo is to have a better balance. One of the most important principles in Judo is to break the balance of the opponent. In doing so, the student will improve his balance to position himself in order to execute throws and other techniques with ease.
How Judo can benefit children
An increasing number of children are learning Judo. This is no surprise. The Olympic sport was recognized by UNESCO as one of the most comprehensive sports for the youth. Apart from that, Judo is a good workout for children to build healthy muscles and bones. Combined with dynamic physical exercises, Judo can lower risks of heart diseases that could occur to a later point of time in life.
It was also observed that children learning Judo benefit from improved concentration. Judo is especially useful for hyperactive children or kids that suffer an attention deficit order. Lastly, Judo helps children to reduce aggression and tension.
Judo improves psychomotor learning. This results in better personal development and growth. Apart from that, Judo is proven to be a great sport to learn respect for others. For shy children, Judo is the perfect sport to overcome shyness and to boost self-esteem. People that practice Judo regularly, experience considerable growth physically and mentally. Most importantly, learning Judo in a structured environment with like-minded people shapes and builds character.
Increased fitness levels
Whoever puts himself on a Judo mat, will be exposed to an intense workout. Workouts begin with the participation in warm-ups. After that, the students proceed to work on their techniques. Observers and students often have the feeling that Judo training resembles a mini fitness boot camp. However, for those that practice Judo regularly, the boot camp is more like receiving a continuous loop of feedback to learn and execute the techniques better. Through his constant exchange of feedback, the student not only improves his health and fitness level but also builds character with the ultimate goal of becoming a good citizen to contribute positively to society.
The key lesson
As can be seen, Judo is an amazing sport that offers many health benefits to adults and children. In a structured environment with a qualified instructor, the students can enjoy their exercises and have fun while learning new techniques. Learning Judo in an environment with like-minded and active students is good for character building and personal development. It can be observed that most clubs have a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Most importantly, there is always a strong connection among those that train together. It is, therefore, no surprise that the Dojo becomes the perfect place to make new and long-lasting friendships.
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