Monday, December 12, 2016

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective.  Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for top position in popularity in many countries.

Although the sport has evolved, the original question that was set out to be answered is still one that intrigues people to this day.


Judo was created as a physical, mental, and moral theory as well as a practice of education in Japan in 1882 by Kano Jigoro.  It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport.

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.

Strikes and thrusts by the hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of Judo, however; they are not allowed in competition or sparring.  The worldwide spread of Judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots and provided the basis for martial arts such as Sambo as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

So how will a Judoka fair against a Sambo player?  Check out the video below to see just how these two martial arts match up and which one will reign supreme.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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