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Judo

Judo is a modern martial art started in the late 1800's by Jiguro Kano. It is by far the most popular of the Japanese martial arts in Japan, although now it is far less a kind of Budo than it is a competetive sport. Judo incorporates throws, arm locks, and chokes with the intent being to throw your opponent to his back, or make him/her submit from a choke or arm lock.Practicing Judo:
One should note that Judo is fundamentally competetive and most Judo Dojo devote a great deal of time to sparring. Other forms of practice include ukemi (falls and rolls), uchi komi (fitting in), and practicing timing and power of kuzushi (taking your opponents balance). Judo practice tends to be intense and relatively violent. Injuries do not occur often, as much time and effort is put into ensuring one knows how to fall properly from a throw, and Judo practice is done on mats or tatami which break one's fall considerably. The only equipment used in Judo practice is a dogi, which should be double or triple weave cotton, bleach white or cotton colored. Black or red dogi are not usually acceptable, nor are thin 'karate' style dogi. Thin dogi simply cannot endure the pulling that occurs when attempting a Judo throw. Etiquette is important when practicing Judo, although there is less etiquette involved in the practice of Judo than in some other more traditional japanese martial arts. When entering or leaving the practice area, usually the mat, one is expected to bow toward the kamiza, usually at the front of the practice area. At the beginning of practice practitioners line up, Sensei facing the students, and bow to one another. Bowing is again appropriate before you begin practicing any technique with a partner, or before you begin randoori with a new partner. Advancement in Judo is different at each Dojo and with each Sensei, but in general it is based more on your competetive skill than on your ability to perform many techniques. Under the Kodokan Judo Dojo's ranking system, one can advance simply by defeating opponents of higher rank. However, for those who do not wish to be so competitive, tests are also usually given on a regular basis that test your technical aptitude and breadth of knowledge of the art of Judo.How can I study Judo in Okazaki?
Okazaki has a wonderful city gym where you can practice Judo once a week. Judo practice is held on the bottom level of the gym, under the exercise and weight rooms. The judo training area comprises apprixmately 40 tatami in total (one shiai square) and tournaments are held twice a year. Contact the city gym for more information on shiai dates. Costs are arranged through the sensei, whose contact information is belowClass times are the following:
Friday 7:00pm - 9:00pm
To contact the sensei (Ogura-san) call 31-8231
Train By Yourself On Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Okazaki City Gym Budojo is open to any one who wishes to train by themselves. Both a hard wood floor, suitable for Karate/Kendo and a padded floor for Judo/Aikido are available. The price is a mere 200 yen for the four hours. Heat is available for 100 yen per half hour and hot showers are available for 100 yen.

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