Our Basingstoke Judo club is registered with the British Judo Association, the sport’s National Governing Body. We are located in a professionally equipped full time dojo with mats permanently laid and a range of training equipment to use to help develop strength and flexibility. Our permanently matted dojo make training easier and safer when practicing Judo.
Judo is an Olympic sport and includes techniques to lift and throw your opponent onto their back. Once on the ground there are techniques to allow you to pin your opponent to the ground, control them and apply different hold-downs until submission. Judo translates from Japanese as the Gentle Way. The name is a big clue to one of the guiding principles of Judo, which is not to rely on force, but rather to use the force and strength of one’s opponent against them.
The techniques necessary to practising effective Judo techniques do not rely on strength or size, meaning that they can be performed against larger and stronger opponents. This makes this Judo a great martial art to learn for children and smaller adults either as a sport or for self defence.
In our Judo classes, you will be paired with someone of an appropriate size when training to help learn and test your skills.
History of Judo
Judo was founded by Jigaro Kano in Japan in 1882 and translates as “Gentle Way” – Ju = Gentle or soft and Do = Way of Path. While judo includes a variety of rolls, falls, throws, hold downs, chokes, joint-locks, and strikes, the primary focus is on throwing (nage-waza), and groundwork (ne-waza).
Throws are divided in two groups of techniques, standing techniques (tachi-waza), and sacrifice techniques (sutemi-waza). Standing techniques are further divided into hand techniques (te-waza), hip techniques (koshi-waza), and foot and leg techniques (ashi-waza). Sacrifice techniques are divided into those in which the thrower falls directly backwards (ma-sutemi-waza), and those in which he falls onto his side (yoko-sutemi-waza).
The ground fighting techniques (ne-waza) are divided into attacks against the joints or joint locks (kansetsu-waza), strangleholds or chokeholds (shime-waza), and holding or pinning techniques (osaekomi-waza).
For safety reasons not all of these techniques are taught to juniors. A kind of sparring is practised in judo, known as randori, meaning “free practice”. In randori, two partners may attack each other with any judo throw or grappling technique.
Our fully qualified Judo coaches who are based in Basingstoke will help you to develop high quality Judo skills in our professional centre.