WHAT IS JUDO?
Judo is a great sport for boosting both your physical and mental fitness and the body's agility. Here's the realbuzz.com guide to the positive affects the popular martial art of judo can have. Judo is a system of self defence, which makes use of an opponent's strength to overcome them, meaning that a smaller opponent can defeat a larger opponent.
'Ju' means gentleness or giving way, and 'do' means way of life, thus making Judo mean literally 'the gentle way' or 'the way of giving way'. Judo was founded in 1882, in Japan, by Professor Jigoro Kano, who envisioned it as a way of becoming physically and mentally fit through disciplined training.
Judo can be practised by all ages and is a relatively safe sport as it does not involve any kicking or striking techniques. It is an excellent activity to increase physical fitness, boosting key leg and arm muscles, improving agility and flexibility, and developing the body's cardiovascular system.
Judo is open and accessible to participants with a wide variety of disabilities. Because of the close contact involved in judo it is the ideal sport for the blind or visually impaired whilst also acting as a stress release for students with high energy levels.