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Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.
Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practicing the sport. Judo is an inexpensive, year-round activity, that appeals to people from all walks of life.
There are approximately 234 clubs throughout the United kingdom these break into groups of England 201, Scotland 19, Northants 1, Northern Ireland 3, and Wales 11.
Age is immaterial to judo, it attracts participants of all ages from all walks of life.
You must have the ability when opposed to someone physically stronger than yourself to not be afraid and, on the other hand, never despise one weaker than yourself. Do not recklessly resist your opponent's physical strength.
Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo gives a person a self-defense system if the need arises.
Judo, which is translated as the gentle way, teaches the principle of flexibility in the application of technique. This is the flexible or efficient use of balance, leverage, and movement in the performance of Judo throws and other skills. Skill, technique and timing, rather than the use of brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in Judo. For example, in Judo classes you may learn how to give way, rather than use force, to overcome a stronger opponent
The potential of Judo is primarily for the individual first, developing self awareness and study of other people. It is an athletic sport and is a recognised Olympic activity.
Activities relating to this are diet, gymnastics, people skills, competition as a team and personal achievement.
There are numerous books available for reading such as: A to Z of Judo by Syd Hoare, Art of Harmony by Sung-Han Park, The Art of Throwing by Marc Tedeschi, Competitive Judo by Ron Angus, to name a couple amongst many many more.
Judo is a relatively cheap sport and can be accommodated into most household budgets. Obviously the one single expense would be your costume and props if needed like a practice ball, floor mats if practicing at home.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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