Judo can be used either as way to fitness and building confidence, knowledge through the Kata's or as a competitive sport. It teaches you the value of working hard , persistence and toughens you psychically.
Judo is an activity in which everyone, both male and female, can participate equally. One benefit of Judo is that it coordinates the entire body. Many activities and sports build or exercise only one set of muscles, Judo conditions all of them. It increases your flexibility, making you much more agile.
The sport places a HUGE emphasis on safety, but you are going to get thrown to the ground, a lot. That is just how it is, but Judo also builds mental toughness you become confident because you have been given the skills to defend yourself and hold your own.
But more importantly, the confidence you build comes from being proficient, being skilful, and being able to face your fears.
Judo also teaches humbleness and modesty no matter how big or how physically fit you are, you are going to be surprised when you first start either grappling or throwing as Judo is essentially a martial art that even the playing field for the little person because it is more technique-oriented.
No one was born with these skill and it is tradition in the dojo that every one helps each other sharing knowledge and skill so every one progresses
Developed from jujitsu, the hand-to-hand combat technique of ancient samurai warriors, judo has had the dangerous techniques removed and now involves throwing opponents to the mat and holding them in submission through various techniques.
Training and competition take place on a mat 8sq m in size, known as a ‘tatami’. Contests can last up to five minutes and, if a competitor - judoka - manages to throw their opponent to the ground on their shoulder, to pin them to the ground on their back, or force them to submit to a choke, strangle or an arm-lock, they immediately score ‘ippon’ - maximum score - and win the bout. Smaller scores are awarded for other kinds of throws and holds.
If the scores are tied after five minutes, the contest enters a golden score period, when the first score of any sort wins. Fighters compete in events determined by their weight,
Most Judo tournament will follow a knock-out format. The winners of each contest will qualify for the next round, with the two finalists going head to head in the gold medal contest.
The defeated quarter-finalists will compete in two 'repechage' contests, the winners of which will then go up against the two defeated semi-finalists to determine the winners of the two bronze medals in each event.