Good luck to all the competitors at this years Southend International from us here at I Love Judo.
You’ve done the training now to put that training into action. Do your best, make yourself and your clubs proud.
Entering already makes you winners in my book. Already head and shoulders above the ones sitting around doing nothing.
So you’re coming up to your first British Judo Association (BJA) 6th Kyu Red Belt Judo grading. The butterflies in your stomach, the constant doubting if you’ve remembered the name of the technique or if you’re just not going to remember which way to turn. We’ve all been there but trust in your coach as he will not have put you forward for your grading if they wasn’t sure you are ready.
What do you believe being a martial artist means? Is just turning up once or twice a week to do Judo enough to be a martial artist? Is learning the techniques enough or do you not consider yourself a martial artist, maybe preferring Judo Player or Judoka?
This is an interesting article I read today, check it out “The death of the martial artist how to tell if you are still one“.
The object of this lecture is to explain to you in a general way what Judo is. In our feudal times, there were many military exercises such as fencing, archery, the use of spears, etc. Among them there was one called Jujutsu which was a composite exercise, consisting principally of the ways of fighting without weapons; using, however, occasionally daggers, swords and other weapons.
The kinds of attack were chiefly throwing, hitting, choking, holding the opponent down and bending or twisting the opponent’s arms or legs in such a way as to cause pain or fracture. The use of swords and daggers was also taught. We had also multitudinous ways of defending ourselves against such attacks. Such exercise, in its primitive form, existed even in our mythological age. But systematic instruction, as an art, dates only from about three hundred fifty years ago.
You’re forgiven if you think this is a hoax as it’s a rare occurrence but hopefully things are changing. BT Sport 2 tonight are showing the World Championships from 8pm.