What is judo?

Have you been dreaming for years of holding a black belt in judo? Or are you keen to learn the different nage-waza? Then come to judo at TU Delft!

Judo is a Japanese martial art and competitive sport. Judo was created by Kano Jigoro in 1882. Kano Jigoro used techniques from Jiu-Jitsu to create judo, so for many things there is large overlap between the two. Judo can be translated as “gentle path”. For Kano Jigoro judo was a way of life. As with Jiu-Jitsu, one of the most important principles is using your opponent’s movement and strength against them, rather than meeting it with one owns force. This allows a smaller defender to beat a larger opponent.

The main difference between judo and Jiu-Jitsu is that, excluding certain katas, judo doesn’t allow use of strikes to beat an opponent. During judo lessons the emphasis is put on perfecting the throw itself whereas in Jiu-Jitsu this is part of a counter move against an attacking opponent. In competition, only the use of throws, locks and strangulations is allowed, thus judo is the complete opposite of boxing, karate or Muay Thai.

A judo training at the sportcenter consist of a warming up and then moving on to training and perfecting the many throws and locks. Sparring is an important aspect of training due to judo’s status as both martial art and sport. This is done in the form of practice fights (randori) and will be done from both a standing position and a sitting position. In a randori one trains the execution of throws and/or control of one’s opponent through holds, locks and strangulations. The beginner’s trainings are provided by the sportcenter and the advanced trainings are only accessible by the D.S.B.V. Yoroshi members.