Does Judo Classification matter?
can be a difference of opinions if Judo classification and terminology
It’s like a language: if you’re fluent in one, it’s so clear that this
is the best and easiest to communicate and it’s hard to comprehend how
(non-so-fluent speakers) can’t see the same way.
parallel with a language doesn’t stop here: terminology
and classification is indeed a
language (linguist would say “domain specific language”) and correspond
respectively to vocabulary and grammar.
linguistic research pointing out that individual language specifics can
patterns of thinking, concept comprehension, and ability to develop and
ideas. All this because we’re thinking in terms of our language (as
trilingual, I can attest that at times I need to switch the language,
thinking in, to better match the concept, I’m thinking about).
Judo World, classification of different types plays role of different
languages. Judo terminology and classification of Japanese origin
and controlled by Kodokan)
is most widely spread. It functions as nominative classification in any
language other then Japanese. The positive effect of it is the ability
communicate across natural linguistic barriers on international stage.
it’s offer no help in teaching Judo (for non-Japanese speakers) and
habit to see Judo standard technique as set of absolutely fixed
stone”) sets of moves.
new terminology and classification is a very important and must-have
defining a new martial art style, and Dr. Kano addressed it to the full
in the process of creating Judo. Been this classification native in
and been controlled by Kodokan provides tangible benefits for Japanese
(or better native Japanese speaking) judokas.
native-language Judo classification, I’m aware about, is Russian Judo/SAMBO
– legacy of Vasili Oschepkov.
native-language terminology and classification gives significant
teaching and developing art as it allows to understand it in a variety
and to adjust those terms to match changes and advancements in the Art.
discussions of Judo technical aspects on this site made possible for me
using Russian-native descriptive Judo terminology and classification.
English-native descriptive classification will greatly benefit English
judokas (and many other Germanic and Romanic language speaking
Unfortunately this is a task that I don’t feel myself fit to do…
Types of classification