As part of our two week guide to martial arts, we are giving a brief introduction to some of the most popular styles, to help you find the right martial arts for you. Today we are looking at Judo.

Originates from: Japan

Physical style: ones that hit/ ones that wrestle/ ones that hit and wrestle

A lot of people confuse Judo and Karate, possibly because they’re both from Japan and you wear the same looking white suits for both. But unlike Karate, Judo is a non striking martial art.

I suppose you could say that you can hit people in Judo, but the only thing you can hit them with is the floor! Judo being a wrestling martial art the way to win is by tripping or throwing your opponent so they fall flat on their back. Some styles of Judo cover choke holds and submissions but this would still fall under the wrestling category.

Judo has been an Olympic sport since the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but only men competed competitively until the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Seeing as most of the time in Judo you have hold of your opponent (and they don’t want to be dropped on their back!) it’s a very physical martial art which makes it excellent for improving fitness and strength.

Have you tried Judo? How did you find it, let us know in the comments below. Tomorrow we are looking at Jiu-Jitsu.

If you’re interested in adding some martial arts training to your fitness routine, or you just really want to hit something after a hard day, then get in contact!


Ben has been teaching martial arts to people of all ages and abilities for over 12 years. He can help you incorporate different aspects of martial arts into fun, effective workouts. Contact him on 07707 116372 for info on one-to-one training and small group classes.