What kind of Judo player are you? — Is Judo a Martial Art or a Combat Sport or Both?

What kind of Judo player are you? — Is Judo a Martial Art or a Combat Sport or Both?

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.


13 thoughts on “What kind of Judo player are you? — Is Judo a Martial Art or a Combat Sport or Both?”

  • It's strange. I train both BJJ and have started Judo recently. I see Judo more as a sport (Because it's in the olympics, it's watchable, and more in the fantasy realm of things, with the Gi being integral) and I see BJJ as more of a martial art. Probably largely because it's not a spectator event at all.

  • No competitor, for me it's a martial art, it's the way i practice, randori to submission, no giving my back to my opponent, etc…

  • I see sport competitions as an essential aspect of training a person's mental strength in preparation for a street encounter.
    This video is insane!
    I cannot see how anyone would feel better prepared to perform a throw on the street by just training in the club and avoiding local sport competitions. All the little tricks we do when training Judo to avoid injuring our opponent seem a lot less important when our intention is to smash face.

  • frost88forlife 10-4 says:

    I wish there was more judo school in the united states .
    There is alot of bjj school every were and nothing against the art but ay some people like to be diffrent and open there own judo scool

  • jimmy alderson says:

    I think generally that is true. Judo was developed as a martial art, and Kano actually detested sports in terms of their effect on your physical welfare, but because of the olympics and the IJF so many rules exist and for most people the only tournaments anyone good attends (or even the only tournaments you can go to) are IJF rules. I'm lucky to have more traditional coaches who acknowledge the sportive aspect but don't train specifically for it, so we still do standing subs if we wanted to or kataguruma or ashidori but we're well aware that they're not allowed in competition. I prefer judo as a martial art and i think it still is, but for most of the world it isn't a martial art. But there are still those few places where judo is in its former glory, and the aims are to study, learn, discipline, grip up and throw for ippon; as opposed to wear a gi deliberately discoloured that'd get you thrown out of any conservative club, don't let your opponent grip you, don't do anything unless you're gripped and your opponent isn't, wrap your opponent up so you have no risk of losing, muscle your opponent about, kick the shin til they trip up over the air, win by waza ari, be really proud somehow.

    I hope 'real' judo (kodokan style traditional judo) makes a resurface, because there's so mych more to judo that makes it more applicable to your lives than just memorising a painstakingly long sequence of grips to throw with uchimata and win on points.
    In fact i only watch the highlights of any IJf competition, except the Tokyo Grandslam or any event i know will have a significant Japanese presence because the spirit of judo is still alive in Japan, but not really anywhere else. Even some famous french judoka was interviewed and such 'i just want to win, it doesn't have to be ippon as long as i win' which is the complete opposite kind of spirit Kano wanted. In history judoka who went abroad who shared that sentiment of 'win by any means necessary' changed their art's name to 'jujutsu' so that they didn't bring shame onto the kodokan

  • Ryan Dravinski says:

    3:15–3:29 beautiful. Self defense aspect is a side bonus of competition so focus on being a top level athlete and compete. Because no matter what chi masters say. Athleticism does matter.

  • Zack Desroches says:

    Judo is widely practiced as a sport and its training is often oriented toward those rules, but that is not its origin. Kano created it as a martial art and a form of physical education. I myself practice as a martial art and use all the techniques in judo, even the leg locks. It’s also “do.” He taught that the judo philosophies of mutual welfare and benefit and maximum efficiency minimum effort could be applied to all areas of life to better society’s

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