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Do You Know Judo?

Anatomy of a Judo Martial Artist

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With origins that can be traced back to Samurai warriors in medieval Japan, #Judo was reinvented in the late 1800s to become one of the most popular martial arts in the world

Kanō Jigorō (جيغورو كانو) Martial arts: Judo, Jujutsu
جيغورو كانو Kanō Jigorō (جيغورو كانو)

Say My Name

A person who practices Judo is known as a Judoka.

Vive Le Judo

The French Judo Association has the most members in the world. At nearly 60,000, this is three times the number registered in Japan.

Slamming 60s

Judo first became an Olympic Sport in 1964 when Tokyo hosted The Games. It was added to the Paralympic Games in 1988.

Force Meets Force

Many police and military forces include Judo as a basis for their physical self-defense and arresting technique training. In Japan, Judo has been practiced by the police since 1886.

Jiu-Jitsu To Judo

Judo as modern martial art was created by Jigori Kano in 1882, by removing many of the more dangerous techniques of Jiu-Jitsu and focusing on throws and pin downs.

As one of the oldest forms of martial arts, Judo’s origins can be traced back hundreds of years where it was practiced as a form of jujitsu by Samurai warriors in medieval Japan. Consisting of many throws and takedowns as well as hand and feet strikes, Judo was reinvented in the late 19th century to become one of the most popular martial arts in the world….

Turkish GetUp

A great exercise for both strength and balance, the Turkish Get Up is best performed with a kettlebell or dumbbell.

· Begin by lying flat on the floor, holding the kettlebell with your right hand.

· Pull the kettlebell off the floor and over your shoulder until your arm is facing straight upwards.

· Sit up by pushing your body with your left arm and move into a standing position, keeping your arm fully extended throughout.

· Now return to the starting position, swap hands, and repeat the exercise with your left hand on the kettlebell.


You’d be hard-pressed to find a better exercise for all-round conditioning.

· Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart.

· Lower yourself into a squat position.

· Placing your hands flat on the floor in front of you, move your legs into a press-up position.

Lower your chest to the floor in a press-up, and push back up, with both feet moving back towards a squat position.

· Jump up with both hands straight in the air.

· Repeat.

Clapping Push-Up

Not one for beginners; as the name suggests, this is a push-up where you are required to clap as you raise your body. This exercise focuses on upper body strength, in particular the chest and shoulders.

· Begin by assuming the normal push up position, lying face down on the ground with your hands shoulder-width apart and legs straight behind you.

· Use your hands to push yourself up rapidly and clap your hands as fast as you can before catching yourself as you fall back to the ground.

· Repeat if you dare.

[Author] Mark Pilkington