Anyone else think Judo is an underrated fighting style? Isn't it good against most styles in real fight?
If you take a Judo player who has worked a bit on the self defense aspect of Judo I think you have a very dangerous fighter. The main reason is that in real world scenarios you will often be on the cement or street. In that case one good throw could easily mean the end. Against good strikers the Judo player would have to avoid the first couple punches or kicks and then have to close the distance. Good Judo fighters close and throw so as soon as the space is closed the throw comes. Also against Jujitsu players the Judo fighter still has a chance because the initial throw which he will most likely land could dibelitate the Jujitsu fighter assuming the fight happened on a hard surface.
Even Sport Judo is highly effective, because if you do well in tournaments against someone who not only knows what you are doing but is unable to stop it, then your technique is truly effecient.
I can tell you from a lot of practical experience that Judo is great on the street. I worked as a bouncer for years, and since it is looked down on for you to hand the cops some bloodied and beaten guy, Judo has served me very well. I never had any problem closing the distance and getting fast effective and devasting throws. A good throw is like a good right cross, I have knocked guys out with throws, and at the very least given myself two or three seconds by dazing and disorienting my victim.
Add to the fact the extreme effectiveness of chokes, the ability to control and maintain dominant positions once it gets to the ground, and to me it has one the most effective ways to defend yourself not to mention the ability to control an opponent, with the option to end a fight with little to no injuries for either party, or if you chose to completely maim an opponent.
Personally, as my job required me to be in a place at a regular basis, I chose to not go around hurting a bunch of people who could come and shoot me one night. So a quick throw, controlled position with a choke, or choking the guy out standing up, usually ends a situation and doesn't cause injury to a guy where he might want to carry a grudge.
I have studied a variety of Martial Arts, and Judo is one of those things I used in every single confrontation I have had to deal with. (Though on occassion Thai clinches, knees, and elbows have served me well heheh)
It's underrated because it's a defensive style, and it's not flashy like Jujitsu. Nor is the intent to harm your partner or attacker. That's why it's not as popular as karate or Jujitsu, where you are the attacker.
Think about it, would Bruce Lee movies be interesting if he were to fight with Jujitsu? Hardly.
There is minimal need to worry about certain safety as might be required to practice a striking oriented art.
There are gaps because there are when you train under any ruleset, but training hard with rules is infinately better than training soft or tip tap point sparring without, as it is closer to real intensity and you just have to recognize the gaps and find a way to close them realizing that this is a weakness.
It is tough to say it is superior or inferior to other styles. It all depends on the quality and frequency of the players training.
But I agree, a good judo toss onto a unyielding surface will end most scenarios. That is unless the person being tossed knows how to land. We have people from different styles that train with us, we are pretty familiar with many styles so it is possible a person like this could be encountered, hypothetically speaking.
So at the same time, with as much effort as i take to avoid fights. I feel if someone does throw a punch at me. Its might right to atleast break a few bones.
Judo i feel is too soft. If anything, go for juijitsu. I feel like the point at the end of the day..
with judo its to win a medal..bronze is good
juijitsu.either you or your opponent is alive...just 1 of you though
Now i dont' think judo is a bad art...In my style...tang so doo. We incorporate judo..we also quite frequently have guest from judo schools partake in our classes and then are asked to teach us.
I think as an art alone though, its not that great.
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