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Is Judo Good for Self-Defense or Nah?

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Hello all.

I am new, so please be easy on me.

I'm thinking of rounding out my game a bit more for self-defense.

I've been looking at Judo because a lot of the throws lead to your opponent on the ground (with you standing and sometimes holding on to your opponent's arm).

This gives you a lot of possibilities. Groin kick, head kick, as well as a fast arm bar since you are holding on to the arm. (Of course, you could also just run away and avoid harm for both you and your attacker.)

Anyway, I remain skeptical of Judo. Why?

1. Judokas wear tough gis.

The gi in Judo is tough and arguably makes tossing your opponent a lot easier. Considering that your opponent may be wearing a flimsy t-shirt, you may not generate enough leverage and torque from someone's t-shirt for the throw to be effective. Thoughts?

2. Clinching with your opponent Judo-style will get you punched in the face.

Judo of course involves you holding on to your opponent's sleeve as well as their collar. This leaves your jaw exposed. Try throwing a guy when he is elbowing you in the face.

3. Judo nowadays is more of a sport than self-defense.

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Is it perhaps best to avoid Judo? Is it perhaps better to focus on learning throws from kickboxing styles such as sweeps in Muay Thai and throws in Sanshou/Sanda?


BTW - please don't recommend BJJ over Judo. This is not a BJJ thread and I think BJJ is silly for self-defense - since both the full-guard and top mount positions expose you to groin shots.

(And these defenses are shit. BJJ is fail. --->
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Let me know what you think!!
 

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Hello all.

I am new, so please be easy on me.

I'm thinking of rounding out my game a bit more for self-defense.

I've been looking at Judo because a lot of the throws lead to your opponent on the ground (with you standing and sometimes holding on to your opponent's arm).

This gives you a lot of possibilities. Groin kick, head kick, as well as a fast arm bar since you are holding on to the arm. (Of course, you could also just run away and avoid harm for both you and your attacker.)

Anyway, I remain skeptical of Judo. Why?

1. Judokas wear tough gis.

The gi in Judo is tough and arguably makes tossing your opponent a lot easier. Considering that your opponent may be wearing a flimsy t-shirt, you may not generate enough leverage and torque from someone's t-shirt for the throw to be effective. Thoughts?

2. Clinching with your opponent Judo-style will get you punched in the face.

Judo of course involves you holding on to your opponent's sleeve as well as their collar. This leaves your jaw exposed. Try throwing a guy when he is elbowing you in the face.

3. Judo nowadays is more of a sport than self-defense.

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Is it perhaps best to avoid Judo? Is it perhaps better to focus on learning throws from kickboxing styles such as sweeps in Muay Thai and throws in Sanshou/Sanda?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqCPn4-eB5A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBKJA4-fZbQ

BTW - please don't recommend BJJ over Judo. This is not a BJJ thread and I think BJJ is silly for self-defense - since both the full-guard and top mount positions expose you to groin shots.

(And these defenses are shit. BJJ is fail. ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxZKZsqWdFw)

Let me know what you think!!
Hello, great question, it appealed to me because I was brought up in the Bruce Lee era and I thought judo was largely a joke. I dad did a bit and my father trained with Brian Jacks many years ago who was Olympic champion.

My dad once got into a fight in Portugal and he did this wonderful to throw this thug except he didn't, he grabbed the guys shirt to start the throw and literally ripped off his body and had to be saved by others to prevent getting his head bashed in. Though he claimed he should put his arm round the back to prevent this.

I'm absolutely convinced now though that judo is one of the best martial arts. Mainly because most fighting is tussling and shoving in judo gives you such an edge. Dropping someone hard to the floor ends a fight without malice but smashing someone's nose with a karate punch is just not appropriate and can lead to revenge. Most people start fights are drunk and don't really know what they're doing because of the alcohol. Basically go for it, judo Is great.
 

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Judo is great skill, no doubt about that, but maybe the best way is Krav Maga... mainly because you learn how to deal with multiple attackers at once. It doesn't have a martial arts spirit, because it's basically kill the guy with one hit, but of course you will not do that.

It is good discipline to know if you're attacked by 3, 4 or even 5 guys... so maybe just going thru basic training will be enough to learn how to position yourself and what weaknesses to seek against multiple attackers. After you find out that, maybe it will be easier to train then any other martial art for that benefit.

Or maybe you can go full time Krav Maga... :D
 

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Judo is great skill, no doubt about that, but maybe the best way is Krav Maga... mainly because you learn how to deal with multiple attackers at once. It doesn't have a martial arts spirit, because it's basically kill the guy with one hit, but of course you will not do that.

It is good discipline to know if you're attacked by 3, 4 or even 5 guys... so maybe just going thru basic training will be enough to learn how to position yourself and what weaknesses to seek against multiple attackers. After you find out that, maybe it will be easier to train then any other martial art for that benefit.

Or maybe you can go full time Krav Maga... :D
 
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