Judo Styles and Styles of Judo
How many Judo styles exist?
First we need to define what we’re calling a “style” and what makes it.
Since modern Olympic Judo is a popular sport discipline (according to known statistics it surpassed in world-wide popularity only by soccer, as European football known in the US) it’s not Japanese-only any more and developed into multiple national and regional schools that differ from each other in many aspects of technical, tactical, and psychological training. Russian, French, Japanese, Brazilian schools are for sure worth throughout discussion each on its own. However, that isn’t subject of this site.
The original Judo from Dr. Kano was just another development in the long heritage line of Japanese Jujutsu. Therefore, if Judo is a style of Jujutsu, should we include schools of old-style Jujutsu? If not, should we exclude everything that call itself “Jujutsu” or doesn’t retain word “Judo” in its name? Is everything that has word “Judo” in its name is a style of Judo? What defines a style?
Answers for those questions will vary.
Leaving throughout discussion of this theoretical subject aside, I’ll define what considered being “Judo” on judo-for-self-defense.com.
In the narrow definition, a style of hand-to-hand combat or combat sport discipline considered to be Judo style if it:
1. Historically originated from Dr. Kano Kodokan Judo or served as a source for it.
2. Using Kano’s principals of sport competitions in its training methods.
3. Using long sleeve gi-like jacket in training.
Styles of Judo:
Kano’s Kodokan Judo
Modern Olympic Judo
Why SAMBO is a Judo style when…?
SAMBO founding legend
In the broad definition, Judo as a study of how to get upper hand in hostile physical confrontation.
Kung-fu, Kuntao, Chinese wrestling
Indonesian Martial Arts, Silat, Kali
Olympic Greek-Roman and Free-style wrestling
Olympic and Professional Boxing
Tai-Boxing, Kickboxing, Savate
Military hand-to-hand combat systems
Modern Mixed Martial Arts
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