Judo allows no striking–no punches, kicks, or dirty tricks. Judoka (judo fighters) only throw and wrestle.
Throwing is done standing up. We grab our opponents, shake them a little, and then toss them (often very forcefully) to the mat. Sometimes the throws are spectacular—people fly through the air before crashing down. Usually, they are a little more tame, more like trips.
Wrestling, naturally, is done on the ground. We try to hold our opponents down, bend their arms in the wrong direction, and choke them. It’s nowhere near as painful as it sounds, but it is a very good workout.
Judo is good for self defence; it is particularly good against the “drunkle”—the drunk uncle you can’t stand who is picking a fight, but who you don’t want to murder. It’s good, too, if you take the long view of “self” and “defence”; it’s easy to kill someone with punches and kicks, but how often do you really want to kill someone? You’re better off holding them down until the police arrive. Judo is the art of holding someone down until the cops arrive.
Judo is great for kids, too—it’s a workout, it’s as safe as hockey or soccer, and it will build strength, balance, coordination, coordination, and character. And, most importantly, it’s fun.
It’s a chance to work out, stretch, relieve stress, and start the weekend. It’s for women, men, and children. Judo is not—and the Ronin club is certainly not—for tough guys looking to overcome inadequacies. Every single member of our club would be happy to lead the kids’ class. You’re very welcome to come train with us, no matter who you are.