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Judo is an energizing and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. Although many of the techniques of judo originated from martial arts that were designed to hurt, maim, or kill opponents in an actual field battle, the techniques of judo were modified so that judo students can practice and apply these techniques safely and without hurting opponents:
Judo does not involve kicking, punching, or striking techniques of any kind.
Judo does not involve the application of pressure against the joints to throw an opponent.
Judo involves no equipment or weapons of any sort.
Judo simply involves two individuals who, by gripping the judo uniform or judogi, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission. Thus, it is simple and basic. In its simplicity, however, lies its complexity, and mastery of even the most basic of judo techniques that often take considerable time, effort, and energy, involving rigorous physical and mental training. Using numerous techniques, judo is a rewarding sport that teaches students about using balance, strength and weight efficiently and to one’s advantage.