What is Judo
Judo is a self defense martial art that teaches it’s practitioners (judoka) to gain control over an attacker without striking him or her. It is a method of turning an opponent’s strength against him or her and overcoming by skill rather than sheer strength.
Judo does not involve punching, kicking or striking techniques but rather, uses throws, holds, chokes and grappling (it looks more like wrestling than other martial arts).
Through the study of judo, judoka learn respect (for self and others), discipline, responsibility and control. Judo is a safe, fun way to reduce stress, while increasing physical fitness, confidence and overall well being.
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Kyu grades (Mudansha – colour belts)
- Rokkyu 6th grade white belt
- Gokyu 5th grade yellow belt
- Yonkyu 4th grade orange belt
- Sankyu 3rd grade green belt
- Nikyu 2nd grade blue belt
- Ikkyu 1st grade brown belt
Dan Grades (Yudansha – black belts)
- Shodan 1st grade black belt
- Nidan 2nd grade black belt
- Sandan 3rd grade black belt
- Yondan 4th grade black belt
- Godan 5th grade black belt
- Rokudan 6 th grade black or red and white belt
- Shichidan 7th grade black or red and white belt
- Hachidan 8th grade black or red and white belt
- Kudan 9th grade red or black belt
- Judan 10th grade red or black belt
The bow, seeded in Japanese tradition, is a symbol of respect and trust. As a contact and impact activity in which partners need each other to learn and progress, partners are responsible for each other’s safety and well being. Therefore, when we bow on the judo mat before the exercise, we entrust our partner. After the exercise we bow in thanks for not violating that trust.
Judo Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of judo in Canada and has overall authority to provide leadership in promotion and development as well as govern all aspects of Judo in Canada and to select and prepare Canadian teams for international competition. Judo Canada is a not-for-profit Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members.
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