Kaizen Judo Tournament 2013
This past weekend Kaizen Dojo put on a great Judo tournament (which they do every year).
It has actually been a couple of years since I’ve been to a Judo tournament, and going to this one reminded me how much I have been missing. It is such a great environment when compared to Wrestling, Grappling, or Jiu Jitsu competitions (all of which I also love). Some of the key differences:
- Judo matches tend to end a lot quicker. They don’t drag on and on, and break a person’s spirit. As such, it’s a lot less threatening to try out, because you’re really not signing up to be brutalized for minutes on end, or have the hell choked out of you.
- They are more controlled, and a lot more fair. With three skilled judges on each mat who collaborate on point given it tends to be a lot better than most sports.
- It’s much more kids friendly. Many Grappling or wrestling events are made up of hard core people and kids. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that there were not skilled competitors at the event. But it is a lot less threatening and hard core of an environment for those”newbies”.
In short, if you have thought about trying out something like this, Judo really is a great place to start. Additionally, rather you want to stick with Judo, or head into MMA or Jiu Jitsu, all of the skills you have learned will lead directly into those areas and make you even better.
Thank you so much to Kaizen, and to all of those who came out to support the event!
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