Aikido vs Judo: Black belt Judoka puts on takedown clinic against Aikido master

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In a gym mat battle of Aikido vs Judo, an Aikido master found the grappling game to be a hard puzzle to solve when tested by a black belt Judoka.

Granted, they weren’t going very hard, and neither was throwing punches but it did seem like the Aikido black belt had no idea what to do when his Judo counterpart was able to grab ahold of his gi and maneuver him around with a great deal of ease. Check out the embedded video below and watch one martial artist showcase the unpredictable nastiness of trip takedowns.

Watch gym room battle of Aikido vs Judo

For a little background on the centuries-old arts, Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying with life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attackers from injury.

Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique.

Judo is a combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano Shihan. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

There are three basic categories in judo. Nage-waza, Katame-Waza, and Atemi-Waza. Judo is most known for Nage-waza and Katame-Waza.

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