The top 10 most incredible Judo throws from the Paris Open

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Judo is a Japanese martial art that was created to display a physical, mental, and moral philosophy dealing with the advancement of ideas and focusing on the best way in which to pass these philosophies on to the next generation in a manner that also serves as a self-defense mechanism.  This was done so by a man named Kano Jigoro in 1882 and although it was originally designed with self-defense in mind along with the philosophical aspect it has evolved into not only a combat sport but into an Olympic sport as well.

The sport’s most prominent feature is its competitive element where the primary objective is to throw your opponent to the ground and immobilize said opponent which can be done by submissions such as joint locks or chokes.  The most beautiful, artistic and wondrous aspect of Judo is a throw in which one player shows complete control over his opponent as he gracefully and perfectly executes the technique as the opponent lands squarely on their back.

Ippon Article

The technique as described above is so highly regarded that it is rewarded with a full point which is required to win the match and is known as an ippon.  In other words, if one Judo player executes a clean and controlled throw in which his opponent lands squarely, or primarily, on his back he will essentially win the match.

In the video below, we take a look at the top ten ippons from the Grand Slam Paris event which took place at the end of 2015.  Check it out as these Judokas expertly put their craft on display for the entire world to see as they battle for the esteemed title in this prestigious event.

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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