Hey guys, Preston here with another episode
of Grappler Going Abroad. I don’t know if you guys have been watching the World Judo
Championships in Astana this week. But if you haven’t you should, there has been some
really great throws, really great ippons, and a lot of upsets. So I’ll link you guys
to the IJF’s YouTube page. They run kind of a live event, broadcasting all the matches,
and you can actually select between which mats you want to watch, it’s really awesome.
But today, what I want to talk about is kind of related to Judo greatness and the greatness
that we’re seeing at the World Championships this week. I think there comes a time in a
judoka’s career, especially at the beginning, the sooner you figure this out, the better.
I think you need to decide what kind of judo player you are. Whether or not you’re going
to be a club judoka or competitor. I think this plays into kind of the history and the
environment or contemporary judo. When I talk to other Martial Artists from other disciplines,
they always ask me about “Oh Judo! I hear a lot of cool stuff about Judo! As a Martial
Art, what can I get out of Judo?” The first thing I have to give a disclaimer about, and
some people may disagree with me, that’s completely fine. But this is the way I approach Judo.
Judo is more of a combat sport than a martial art, at least at this point. I think that
this has something to do with why Judo hasn’t exploded in the United States like it has
in Europe or in Asia. In the United States, we approach Judo still as a Martial Art when
everywhere else approaches Judo as a sport. My karate coach, the way he explained the
differences between karate and judo to me is karate is a martial art before it’s a sport.
Judo is, and this is from my Judo coach, what he told me, Judo is a sport before it’s a
martial art. I think there’s a mentality that comes into play when deciding what kind of
Judo player you are. Do you treat Judo as a martial art more than a sport, or do you
treat judo more as a sport than a martial art and that really determines your career
as a judoka. Personally, I’m a competitor. I’m really competitive and I like winning.
So naturally, I treat Judo as a sport. The same way treat wrestling, and honestly, to
some extent, the same way I treat Karate. I’m really competitive, I like fighting. I
treat all of these things as combat sports rather than martial arts. Even when I do Brazilian
Jiu-jitsu or Catch Wrestling or Sambo I don’t treat it as a viable self defense system.
I think that’s a great thing you get out of competing, is you get a way to defend yourself.
But to me, all of these martial arts are more combat sports and the self defense aspect
is a side piece that I get out of competing. But that’s really what I want you guys to
think about, are you guys competitors or are you guys club players. That really will help
you determine where you want to go with Judo. That’s all I have for you guys today. If you
like this video be sure to like, comment, share. If you want more content, please, please,
please subscribe. Again, pass my channel around to people who think might be interested. That’s
all I got for you guys today. My name is Preston, and this is Grappler Going Abroad.