The Diaz brothers training Judo with Ronda Rousey

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Judo is just one of those martial arts that looks cool. Judo practitioners (judoka) become experts at throws; literally hurling bodies through the air and slamming them onto the ground using leverage and technique. Once on the ground there are also many submission techniques at the judoka’s disposal.

Many people are unaware that judo has ground techniques since most people know judo as the ‘throwing martial art’ (as seen in the video) which is true as well. That’s why judo techniques are usually divided into two categories: nage-waza meaning throwing techniques and katame-waza which are the ground or grappling techniques.

Don’t forget that BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) originates from judo.

The Diaz brothers training Judo with Ronda Rousey
The Diaz brothers training Judo with Ronda Rousey

Though not employed by the majority of MMA fighters, a number of them have used judo to a high degree of effectiveness. Ronda Rousey, Fedor Emelianenko, Karo Parisyan, Hidehiko Yoshida, Hector Lombard, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Rick Hawn and Manny Gamburyan are just some of the fighters that have used their high level judo skills with great success.

One of the reasons you don’t see judo techniques in MMA as often as wrestling or BJJ techniques is because the throws and techniques rely heavily on gripping the gi or kimono. Since there are no kimonos allowed in modern MMA most of these techniques need to be adapted to be used with different grips such as under hooks and over hooks as seen in the video.

When it comes to street fighting and self defense however, standard classic judo is probably one of the most effective martial arts. Just look at how hard Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan are throwing each other to the ground early in the video. Now remember, there are no mats on the street. Getting thrown like that on pavement would hurt like hell and would most likely result in injury.

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