The Martial Arts System (Takenouchi-Ryu) founded in 1532 is considered as the creation of Japanese Jujitsu practices. Judo was derived from Jujitsu. While studying ancient methods of self-defence in 1882, Dr. Jigoro Kano, the father of martial arts incorporated the best of these styles into a sport now known as Kodokan Judo. Judo breaks down to ‘ju’ meaning gentle and ‘do’ meaning way, and thus, ’the gentle way’.

Judo versus other forms of Martial Arts

There are so many forms of martial arts most of which more or less look the same to a non-observant eye. Various schools tend to differentiate these forms on their own but the standard differences are as follows.

Tae-Kwon-Do involves a lot of physical contacts. It includes throws, pins and submissions and knife hands unlike judo which involves mostly kicks.

Jujitsu involves using the attacker’s strength and energy against them. It involves use of pins, submission holds, joint locks and holds to defeat the opponent.

Karate unlike Judo involves heavy use of punches, kicks, elbow strikes and knife-hands to subdue the opponent.

Kung-Fu involves use of movements and styles that mimic an animal’s movement. Kung Fu also incorporates internal styles that focus on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

Mixed Martial Arts involves a lot of physical contact, strikes and grappling techniques, whether standing or on the ground.


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